Nats sign P Corbin to 6-year deal

Heather Diaz
December 5, 2018

Patrick Corbin is a huge signing as the team looks to get back on top of the NL East in 2019. Especially because the Clay, NY native grew up a Yankees fan. So if they can meet his asking price the expectation around the league is he'll be in pinstripes next season.

Corbin was one of the Yankees main targets this offseason.

Fancred's Jon Heyman reported on Monday that the 29-year-old's choice is "expected to come soon".

Free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Nationals, pending physical, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. Whether the Yankees would be willing to add on another year to their offer remains to be seen, but for their sake let's hope he's fine with just six years for around $130 million.

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com noted that the Yankees will make re-signing J.A. Happ or Lance Lynn, along with pursuing Boston Red Sox postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi, their next step should Corbin sign elsewhere.

A hometown deal couldn't beat the extra year of security. Instead, they missed out on Corbin over a sixth year - a sixth year beyond the current Collective Bargaining Agreement - after spending the offseason saying they need rotation help.

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. High quality left-handed starting pitchers are tough to come by, but NY will now have to look elsewhere as they continue attempts to reinforce their pitching staff. And because of that - and that NY had reportedly shown interest in trading for Corbin last December - it was expected he would join with the Bronx Bombers. It also can't hurt that his family wants him to sign with NY as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently tweeted.

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