Patrick Corbin becomes the 2nd of 12 players eligible for arbitration to sign. Corbin was projected for $8.3M in 2018 by Matt Schwartz of MLBTradeRumors. For the 2018 season his salary will be $7.5M as the left-hander is in his final season of arbitration eligibility. Corbin was 14-13 with a 4.08 ERA (88 ERA-) in 189 innings in 2017, but advanced metrics very much backed up his performance. He was due for a major raise from his $3.95M figure from 2017 after a 3 WAR season (3 fWAR, 2.9 bWAR).
Corbin was streaky in 2017, but finished strong overall. His 2nd half heroics carried the team at a time where Robbie Ray was injured and out for most of the month of August and Zack Greinke was struggling a bit. Corbin’s swing and miss stuff returned after a 2016 season where his stuff flattened out from his 2013 and 2015 levels. Corbin was recovering from a 2014 Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the entire year.
The contract gives the Diamondbacks $800k in savings for their arbitration eligible players although Corbin was the 2nd highest projected salary behind A.J. Pollock’s $8.5M. With Corbin primed for a very solid season in his platform year prior to free agency, teams have called the Diamondbacks looking to pick up the lefty. At only 28 years old on Opening Day and 29 when he reaches free agency, Corbin could be a qualifying offer candidate with a good season on the mound as an above average league starter with a good fastball and plus breaking ball. That also makes him an extension/re-sign candidate if 2013, 2015, and 2017 are indicative of what type of pitche he’ll be.