Patrick Corbin's Free Agent Decision Expected Soon

07 December, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • AP: Source says Nationals signing Patrick Corbin for 6 years, pending physical

Adding a left-handed pitcher is one of the many things on Matt Klentak's to do list this offseason, and he's been vocal about making this move after the organization went almost two seasons without a start from a lefty.

The good news is the Yankees won't be getting Patrick Corbin.

After two lackluster seasons in 2016 and 2017, Corbin finally rebounded this past season to go 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 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.

A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam.


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.

According to Major League Baseball insider Jon Heyman, left-handed free agent starter Patrick Corbin is expected to make his decision on where he's signing very soon. It's not like the money NY allocated to pursuing Corbin suddenly vanished into thin air, and the Yankees' backup targets reportedly include two notable names: Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ.

Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though.

Keuchel, 30, might be looking for a nine-figure deal after seeing what Corbin received. The Sox need a consistently reliable starting pitcher for next season. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ? 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. 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. I like this move for the 2019 and 2020 Nationals, but the deferrals could limit their ability to retain guys like Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner as they begin to hit free agency or to replace them with free agents.

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