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Major League Baseball hot stove: Nationals sign free-agent starter Patrick Corbin, report says

07 December, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks

Going by those now well-recited comments, fans could expect the Phillies could keep pursuing Corbin as well as free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, in addition to possibly more players.

Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled.

Corbin inked a six-year deal worth $140 million, similar to the deal Yu Darvish signed with Chicago last year.

The signing of Corbin - who had drawn interest from the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, among other clubs, and was expected to draw offers of at least $20 million a year - could be a signal that the Nationals are moving on from Harper.

Free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Nationals, pending physical, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Lance Lynn is another option for the Yankees, though he wasn't almost as good as Happ or Eovaldi in 2018. He's been most prominently connected to his hometown Astros and the Red Sox as of late - neither of whom figure to be thrilled with the concept of the Yankees making an increased push to sign the flamethrowing righty.




Fast-forward nearly 10 years later and the 36-year-old Happ is reportedly seeking a three-year deal after an impressive season with both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

So, with the No. 1 starter off the market, where do the Reds turn?

Though, one other major question remains here.

The 29-year-old is coming off a rough campaign in which he went 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA in 39 appearances (12 starts) for the Texas Rangers. Strasburg is averaging less than 25 starts per season over the last four years. It'll be even easier then to see why Corbin signing with the Nationals was a tough break for Boston despite looking like a victory on the surface.

The two top options on the free agent market are good. The. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel. Bumgarner has really made a name for himself in the postseason, posting an impressive 2.11 ERA in 16 games, helping the Giants win three World Series.

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