Hot Stove Notes: Corbin, Greinke, Happ, Realmuto

Plenty of storylines flying about as the Winter Meetings lurk less than two weeks away, and, of course, the Yankees seem to have their hands in everything. Let’s get into it:

Corbin Visits the Bronx

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Widely known as the Yankees top starting pitching target, lefty Patrick Corbin continued his ballpark tour of the Northeast Corridor with a stop at Yankee Stadium. He previously visited the Nationals and Phillies. The Yankees had their full complement of staff relevant to Corbin, as manager Aaron Boone, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, bullpen coach Mike Harkey and analytical staff member Zac Fieroh were all photographed on-hand along with Brian Cashman.

CC Sabathia was at Yankee Stadium as well, but he was there to work on the rehab for his surgically-repaired knee. The New York Post‘s George A. King III reports that the two lefties did get a chance to say hello, though. SNY’s Andy Martino wrote hours after the meeting at Yankee Stadium that there was no deal close with Corbin.

“I wouldn’t call it a recruiting effort as much as an educational effort, where [he’s] getting a chance to see the facilities from the home side, because clearly he’s played here as a visitor and he certainly has traveled to New York as a visitor,” Brian Cashman said on YES. “He’ll get access to all aspects of what we’re about, the brand, our efforts, the people, with Aaron Boone and our coaches and myself and hopefully he’ll walk away getting a better feel for who we are.”

Corbin grew up in a suburb of Syracuse, New York, with a family of Yankee fans, and apparently his brother took out a Yankees cap during his best-man speech at Patrick’s recent wedding:

The lefty is expected to command a six-year deal with a total salary around $110 million.

Greinke Can Block Trade to Yankees

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Not that there was any trade speculation, but The Athletic‘s Zach Buchanan reported that Arizona Diamondbacks righty Zack Greinke can block a trade to the Yankees as part of his 15-team no-trade clause on his contract from 2016. Greinke has always been seen as the stereotypical salary dump acquisition for the Yankees, as fans hope they can convince Jacoby Ellsbury to waive his no-trade clause to go to Arizona. If that’s going to happen, it’ll require both players to give their consent. Ellsbury is owed another $47.3 million over the next three years, assuming he’s bought out of his 2021 team option. Greinke, on the other hand, is owed another $104.5 million through 2021. I think a Greinke trade to the Yankees is close to impossible.

After Corbin Visit, Yanks Still Considering Happ

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Another lefty not named Patrick Corbin remains on the Yankees radar, as Martino reports “the Yankees may still like J.A. Happ as an alternative” option. The SNY reporter notes that the Phillies are also pushing hard on Corbin, and a contractual commitment to the 36-year-old Happ would be shorter than that to Corbin at 29. Happ, of course, delivered 11 stellar second-half starts for the Yanks, with a 7-0 record and 2.69 ERA. I think fans would be willing to overlook Happ’s ALDS collapse against Boston if he were to be back in the Bronx next year.

Yankees & Marlins Discussed Sánchez-Realmuto Trade

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Here’s a pretty crazy scenario: the Yankees and Miami Marlins have discussed a swap of catchers Gary Sánchez and J.T. Realmuto. Per Jon Heyman, here’s where talks stood:

The issue with the Yankees’ talks apparently is that they still hold Gary Sánchez in high enough regard that they have resisted offering other top pieces in a package with Sánchez. The Marlins, who are run by ex-Yankee types (Derek Jeter, Gary Denbo) seem to like Sanchez as well but are hoping for a major package for Realmuto.

For all of the poor reputation Sánchez received for his abysmal offensive and defensive performance, Gary is younger, under control for longer, has a higher career wRC+ and put up a much superior defensive runs component of WAR in way fewer games than Realmuto. Simply put, trading Sánchez for Realmuto doesn’t seem to make much sense at all. Heyman mentions the Yankees are joined by the Astros and Dodgers in checking in on the 27-year-old.

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