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After Patrick Corbin Injury, Mets & Arizona May Be A Match Trade-Wise

By Danny Abriano

When Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin left yesterday’s start mid-batter with what the team classified as “forearm stiffness,” alarm bells went off. “Forearm stiffness” is often a precursor to a pitcher finding out he has damage to his elbow. Sunday, it was reported that Corbin does indeed have an elbow injury:

There’s always the chance that Corbin’s injury isn’t as dire as it sounds, but “forearm stiffness” coupled with a report that the UCL in his pitching elbow is “damaged” sounds ominous.

Prior to Corbin’s injury, the Diamondbacks were dangling one of their young shortstops (Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings) while reportedly seeking a young, high upside catcher in return.

Now that Corbin is on the shelf, it’s fair to wonder if they’ll instead seek a starting pitcher in return for one of their excess shortstops.

Feb 26, 2014; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings (16) hits a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the game 4-1Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

If Arizona does indeed shift its attention toward acquiring a starting pitcher to fill a potential void left by Corbin, that would seem to make the Mets a more suitable trade partner.

Before Corbin’s injury, it appeared that the Mets were more likely to work out a deal with the Mariners (who are seeking a starting pitcher) for Nick Franklin.

However, with the Mets’ abundance of young starting pitching and the Diamondbacks all of a sudden appearing in need of a rotation piece, a trade between the two that would send either Owings or Gregorius to the Mets seems much more fathomable.

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