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


Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor, hasn't been as dominant since winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, but he led the AL in starts last season and has turned in a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons.

The free-agent left-hander will sign with the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post and several other sources.

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). It seems the deal Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs last winter served as something of a framework for Corbin's deal, with him getting a bump because he's two years younger and is coming off a better platform year.

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Corbin had a spectacular season in 2018, going 11-7 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 3.15 ERA and a bWAR of 4.6, as well as having 246 strikeouts. Happ, who split last season between the Blue Jays and Yankees, turned 36 in October. Both are on that next tier of starting pitchers, and Keuchel has been linked to Cincinnati on a few occasions over the past week.

The Phillies reportedly were doing all they could to outbid everyone for Corbin's services, but it was the Nationals who apparently came out on top in the end. "The reality is that the Phillies also finished as runners-up for Corbin".

Eovaldi played for the Yankees in 2015 and 2016. I'm nearly positive the Yanks won't do that, but it's likely they'll be more aggressive on at least one. 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. With Corbin now signed, the market has been set. Philadelphia is ready to win, and they don't have time to give Suarez 30 starts to learn how to pitch in the big leagues.