MLB rumors: Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin eyeing megal deal with Yankees?

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Patrick Corbin could win the NL Cy Young, then sign with the Yankees before the 2019 season.

Bryce Harper. Manny Machado. Clayton Kershaw.

It’s time to add another star to the list of possible Yankees targets after the 2018 season: Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin.

And unlike some of the other superstars connected to the Bronx, this isn’t just a rumor, innuendo or speculation. This time, it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth.

Corbin, off to an incredible start for the first-place Diamondbacks, told USA Today that he’d be open (and excited) to eventually land with the team he grew up rooting for.

Considering the Yankees were in deep trade discussions with the Diamondbacks during the winter for Corbin, and are doing everything possible to be under the $197 million luxury tax to hit the free-agent market with full force, and are badly in need of starting pitching, guess who’s a natural fit?

“It would definitely be great to play there,” Corbin says. “I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans.”

How big of a fan was Corbin?

One of Corbin’s most valued pieces in his new Scottsdale, Ariz., home that he and his fiancee recently purchased, is the autographed jersey from Andy Pettitte. He was given an autographed picture of his other favorite Yankee, Tino Martinez, as a present growing up, but for the life of him, doesn’t know where it is.

“Those were my guys,” says Corbin, who still remembers cursing his luck seeing the Yankees play for his 10th birthday present, only to miss David Cone’s perfect game by a day. “They were winning championships every year. It was a cool time.”

Kershaw to Yankees?

Corbin, 28, owns a 1.89 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 33.1 innings this season for Arizona.

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