The Diamondbacks are “likely to entertain offers” for outfielder A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin either at the trade deadline or this winter, per FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. Both players are set to become free agents after next season.
Arizona, of course, is off to a surprising 26-18 start and is one game behind the Rockies in the NL West. If the team continues its hot start, it obviously will look to contend this season and will be unlikely to deal either player. If the D-Backs falter, both Pollock and Corbin may be trade chips before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Pollock, 29, is currently on the 10-day disabled list but has hit .299/.337/.455 with two homers in 37 games this year. He established himself as one of the premier outfielders in all of baseball with a fantastic 2015 season before missing almost all of last year, and has the ability to play all three outfield positions.
Corbin, 27, owns a 4.38 ERA in 51.1 innings this season. He has showed promise throughout his career, posting solid seasons in 2013 and 2015.
Even if Pollock and Corbin are still with Arizona through the end of July, it’s likely that general manager Mike Hazen will shop one or both of them this offseason as he continues his rebuilding process. The D-Backs, operating with a limited payroll due to the ramifications from the Zack Greinke signing and a possible future extension for Paul Goldschmidt, are at this point considered unlikely to re-sign both Pollock and Corbin after the 2018 season.