Free Agent Prize Patrick Corbin Signs Six-Year Deal with Washington Nationals

Free Agent Prize Patrick Corbin Signs Six-Year Deal with Washington Nationals

Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

He is under team control through the 2021 season where he'll be making $17.5 million over the next two seasons before making $18 million in the final year of his current deal.

Corbin was considered the top starter available in an elite free-agent class and became the first player among them to sign a big money, multiyear deal this off-season.

As Corbin has the potential to be a Cy Young candidate if he is able to replicate his performance last season going forward, he would fit perfectly with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka in the Bronx as well as with Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in D.C.

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Ranger Suarez isn't, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts. Especially a pitcher with a history of injury.

Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY.

Corbin ranked high on the wish list of the Yankees, who have already acquired Mariners left-hander James Paxton and are looking to add another impact starter. While the details of Corbin's deal have yet to be disclosed, his average salary is $23 million per year. You'd have to think that Keuchel could get in the neighborhood of $20 million per season.

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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Corbin was one of the Yankees main targets this offseason.

The bottomline is, unless the Cincinnati Reds want to find a true ace for their staff via trade, they're going to have to enter the fray with the remaining free agent starters.

The Red Sox are on record that they'd like Eovaldi back, but with NY in the picture, the Red Sox won't get him cheaply. With Corbin now signed, the market has been set.

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