Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal
07 December, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Judy Cobb
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.
The National League East has dominated the headlines this week, as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets have each made huge deals. He's a NY native coming off an excellent season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Yankees - always equipped with deep pockets - seemed like a logical fit for the 29-year-old left-hander. We reportedly heard that the Phillies and Yankees were only willing to give a five-year deal to Corbin, who is nearly 30 years old himself.
Corbin's contract with the Nationals will reportedly be worth $140 million.
Heyman added that NY will now turn its attention to Eovaldi and J.A. Happ. However, those two teams reportedly unwilling to go beyond five years.
So, with the No. 1 starter off the market, where do the Reds turn? The Sox might have missed out on one of their targets for the offseason but its still early and they have time to go after other players. While the details of Corbin's deal have yet to be disclosed, his average salary is $23 million per year.
The 29-year-old pitcher has a chance to compete for a rotation spot after going 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA for Texas in 12 starts and 27 relief appearances.
Heck, what if Eovaldi actually dons pinstripes and sticks it up the Red Sox's you-know-whats next season and beyond? After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ? While the deal does not necessarily preclude the team re-signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, the Nationals have now devoted a significant portion of their payroll elsewhere, especially if they plan to try to get back below the luxury tax line for the 2019 season. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run.
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