Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Washington Nationals reportedly agree six-year deal with Patrick Corbin

Phillies “in strong position” in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t “be out-bid” Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal
Sergio Cook | 07 December, 2018, 08:12

The Yankees have missed out on the best free agent pitcher on the market.

Per Andy Martino of SNY, the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are all vying for free agent starter Patrick Corbin, with rivals viewing the Phillies as being in a "strong position" to ultimately sign the two-time All-Star.

Corbin is coming off of a career year in which he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA with 246 strikeouts in 200 innings for the Diamondbacks.

Phillies fans were optimistic they could land Corbin after his visit to Citizens Bank Park last week, and they were disappointed when James Paxton was traded to the Yankees, but now they must move on to other options.

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

The New York Yankees missed out on their top target in free agency when Patrick Corbin made a decision to sign with the Washington Nationals.

Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though.

Ranger Suarez isn't, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts.

But with that being said, is Phillies GM Matt Klentak prepared to overpay slightly for an older starting pitcher, whose next deal would be over when he is 39-years-old?

Corbin was one of the Yankees main targets this offseason. Strasburg is averaging less than 25 starts per season over the last four years. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin.

The bottomline is, unless the Cincinnati Reds want to find a true ace for their staff via trade, they're going to have to enter the fray with the remaining free agent starters.

Basically, the Red Sox won (again) Thursday when Corbin reportedly agreed to sign with the Nationals because it kept him away from the Yankees (or another American League contender). He was one of Boston's World Series heroes after he pitched scoreless innings in Games 1 and 2 and then threw six late innings in a Game 3 that would become the longest game in World Series history.

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