Corbin posted a 3.17 ERA in 200 innings of work with a record of 11-7. 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. Clearly, they're not ready to cede control of the NL East to the aggressive Mets and Phillies or the surging Braves.
With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals. First, there was no way Cincinnati was going to drop $140 million on one pitcher. I suspect the Reds will tread lightly when it comes to paying big money to pitchers with an injury history due to their current situation with Homer Bailey. The Sox need a consistently reliable starting pitcher for next season.More news: Surveillance video appears to show children being dropped over border wall
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What might an average salary for Keuchel or Eovaldi look like? Or, could Cincinnati go a little cheaper with Eovaldi for maybe 3 years at $50 million?
The Bronx Bombers struck out on Corbin simply because the "cash-strapped" Yankees had to convince the best starter on the market to take less to play for them. Happ, who split last season between the Blue Jays and Yankees, turned 36 in October.
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. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ? Entering this offseason, the Sox have payroll flexibility and can add some quality free agents to the team.
As a result of the signing, the Washington Nationals are set to lose a second and fifth-round selection during this summer's Amateur Draft (via MLBTR). It's time to get the pitching.