Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Patrick Corbin Lands with Washington Nationals

Patrick Corbin Lands with Washington Nationals

Patrick Corbin was the No. 1 starter available on the market this offseason.

Corbin, 29, was among the most-dominant all-around pitchers in the game last season.

With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals.

Free-agents Happ and Eovaldi are both steps down in quality from Corbin, but they wouldn't require the six-year deal that Corbin desperately wanted.

The Washington Nationals signed free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million free agent contract Tuesday, pending a physical exam, according to multiple sources.

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. 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.

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But sometimes, it's just a little something extra that makes all the difference in these negotiations, and for Corbin it the 6th year that only Washington was willing to offer.

That rotation already had enough to be considered one of the better groups in baseball prior to the addition of Paxton, but what the Yankees were hoping to get in Corbin was a staff ace. He pitched to an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 33 starts.

Heck, what if Eovaldi actually dons pinstripes and sticks it up the Red Sox's you-know-whats next season and beyond?

I have two free agents and two trade candidates the Phillies front office could turn to after losing the Corbin sweepstakes. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run.

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".

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