Juan Soto Trade #3: Mariners take back Patrick Corbin in deal
The one consistent through all of these is that Noelvi Marte is the headliner of the deal. As the Mariners best prospect (depending on what you think of Edwin Arroyo), he has to be in the deal no matter what. He’s a top 25 prospect in baseball and would be the cornerstone of the deal.
The big change here, as you obviously noticed, is adding in Patrick Corbin. The Nationals are reportedly looking to get rid of him in the Soto deal, and are willing to take a lesser return in order to do so. If they can get rid of him, it would save them the rest of his $23 million salary this year, $24 million next year, and $35 million in 2024. Add that along to what Soto makes, and the Nationals are looking at saving the following in trading Soto and Corbin…
2022 – Remainder of combined salaries ~$40 million
2023 – Somewhere around $45 million
2024 – Somewhere around $65 million
Mookie Betts (for all I could find) set the Arb record at $27 million. Soto is going to break that. Say he gets $30, alongside Corbin’s $35, that would be a healthy chunk of change. I think it’s going to cut down what the Mariners would have to send back to the Nationals, but because it’s Soto, it’s not like they would be able to get him for peanuts.
It’s not just the salary with Corbin, it’s the fact that, well, to put it bluntly, he’s been awful. Since the start of 2021, he has made 50 starts, registering a reported league-worst ERA of 5.84 and an awful WHIP of 1.552.
However… he does eat innings and has been healthy in his career, so maybe a change of scenery could do him good. If anything, it’s worth it to get Juan Soto.
Well, which of these do you prefer? Do you think one of them, in particular, gives the Mariners a better chance to get the deal done? Personally, I want the Mariners to go for it, and so what it takes to trade for (and then extend) Juan Soto. Pairing him and Julio Rodriguez would make the Mariners one of the most exciting teams in all of baseball to watch for the foreseeable future. GO MARINERS!