Source says Nationals signing Patrick Corbin for 6 years, pending physical

Tyler Owen
December 7, 2018

Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money.

Happ, 36, was New York's best starter after the Yankees acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies also were seen as a serious contender for Corbin, the 29-year-old lefty who posted a 3.15 ERA last year with the Diamondbacks. Corbin is the latest of a rather long list of new arrivals in Washington that includes catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes and relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal.

After a lot of speculation that he was set to sign a six-year deal, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post dropped the bombshell Nats fans were hoping for, reporting that he was set to sign in D.C. pending a physical.

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According to Fancred Sports, the deal is expected to be in the six-year, $140 million range. The team reportedly beat out the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for his signature. They each had successful second-half campaigns when they were each traded within the AL East, and Eovaldi delivered gutsy performances for the Red Sox throughout the postseason.

Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though. He pitched to an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 33 starts. Especially of a team in need of starting pitching. The Phillies definitely have the money to swing a Corbin deal, and the Nationals are always lying in the weeds.

In addition to the agreement with Corbin, the Nationals already have added two catchers - Yan Gomes via trade, Kurt Suzuki in free agency - and two back-end-of-the-bullpen relievers - Kyle Barraclough via trade, Trevor Rosenthal in free agency.

In the same vein, Happ - the other rumored Plan B - has had his way with the Red Sox in the past (2018 American League Division Series notwithstanding), going 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 career regular-season appearances (20 starts) against Boston.

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