Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

Now, the good news for the Yankees is that their rotation already gained an excellent starter in James Paxton just last week, tossing him into a starting pitching group that consists of Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray (assuming he remains on this roster).

- A person familiar with the deal says All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million. But in a piece in The New York Post assessing the Yankees' organizational approach after missing out on Patrick Corbin, Joel Sherman tucked in an interesting nugget about New York's pursuit, or lack thereof, of Harper.

The Nationals made the first big splash in this year's free agent market, signing the former Arizona lefthander considered the top starting pitcher available. "Those are things that define playing hard a little more to me". Some have speculated that Harper and Machado could both fetch deals close to $300 million in total value.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees are now eyeing J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi as backup options.

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In a turn of events not often seen in the baseball world, the New York Yankees were actually outbid for one of their top offseason targets. The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. Although these numbers far exceed his career 3.91 ERA, his career 3.65 FIP, and his career 1.285 WHIP, he may have very well finally put everything together during his age-28 season.

Per MLB.com's Jamal Collier, Corbin's deal with worth six years and $140 million. Happ and Eovaldi essentially represent a backup plan.

Corbin also ranked third in home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (0.68), sixth in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (11.07), and thirteenth in base on balls per nine innings pitched (2.16).

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