New York Yankees rumors: Seven possible starting pitching options this offseason

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he pitches to the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he pitches to the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 17: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on September 17, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not afraid to spend big on starting pitching, however, they may not be able to retain a player that made his debut with the team in 2012.

Patrick Corbin was born in Clay, New York, which is located a little over 250 miles from Yankees Stadium.  He attended high school and college in New York, before eventually transferring to a college in Florida.  Although he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009, he made his way to the Diamondbacks in a trade for Dan Haren.

Following an impressive 2013 season in which Corbin earned an All-Star selection, he missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery.  Corbin pitched 85.0 innings in 2015 before increasing to 155.2 innings pitched in 2016 and 189.2 innings pitched in 2017.  In 2018, he compiled exactly 200 innings pitched.

Alongside the impressive number of innings pitched, Corbin compiled an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA, a 2.47 FIP, and a 1.050 WHIP.  This is a very impressive season for the 29-year-old left-hander and he even earned his second All-Star appearance.

Through his 33 starts, he compiled 19 quality starts.  He only allowed more than 3 earned runs on 7 occasions.  He allowed 4 earned runs four times, 5 earned runs two times, and 6 earned runs one time.  Corbin made 6 starts in which he allowed 0 earned runs and pitched 7.0 innings or more in 8 starts.

Despite not having any postseason experience, Corbin will have a long list of suitors this upcoming offseason.  Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will likely receive the two highest contracts this offseason, but Corbin could very well receive the third highest contract.

Corbin could also very well be the Yankees best chance at obtaining a legitimate Ace starting pitcher this offseason that they hoped to have when they signed Masahiro Tanaka and when Luis Severino had an excellent first-half.