Washington Nationals reportedly agree six-year deal with Patrick Corbin

Grant SmithDec 07, 2018

Corbin, arguably the best starting pitcher available on the free agent market, had always been linked to the Yankees, who entered this offseason in need of rotation reinforcements.

Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY.

The 29 year-old lefthander is coming off a season in which he went 11-7 with a career low 3.15 ERA (70 ER/200 IP) and 1.05 WHIP. Corbin missed the entire 2014 season and part of the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery.

Corbin's contract with the Nationals will reportedly be worth $140 million.

Free-agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin is about to get a whole lot richer.

Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though. Eovaldi made 10 starts for the Rays before being acquired by the Red Sox.

New York's focus will now shift to the two top remaining starters who also happen to be former Yankees. Now, if the Yankees join the fray, his price tag could soar beyond Boston's comfort level, preventing him from returning to the Red Sox or, at the very least, forcing the defending champs to overexert themselves financially to keep him.

Corbin's contract would include $10 million in deferred money, one of the people said. Strasburg is averaging less than 25 starts per season over the last four years.

Keuchel, 30, might be looking for a nine-figure deal after seeing what Corbin received. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?

In addition to the agreement with Corbin, the Nationals already have added two catchers - Yan Gomes via trade, Kurt Suzuki in free agency - and two back-end-of-the-bullpen relievers - Kyle Barraclough via trade, Trevor Rosenthal in free agency.

Fans may not have to wait much longer for news of Corbin's signing, either, as Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that Corbin's decision is "expected to come soon".

However, when you are dealing with a top-tier pitcher like Keuchel, who had an ERA of 2.90 during Houston's World Series run in 2017.

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