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

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

USA Today's Bob Nightengale also reported that the Phillies have told Corbin they will not be "out-bid" by any other team interested in his services, a bold declaration that signals the Phillies are living up to the aggressive label they've been carrying the past month. Patrick Corbin is a huge signing as the team looks to get back on top of the NL East in 2019.

Corbin was named an All-Star last season as a member of the Diamondbacks. 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.

The Phillies have had their eyes on Corbin since the start of the offseason. If his source is correct, this would rule the Philadelphia Phillies out of the Corbin sweepstakes.

Corbin, who has played his entire major league career for the Arizona Diamondbacks, joins a rotation in Washington that already includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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MLB Trade Rumors ranked Corbin as the number three overall free agent in this years class.

The free agent market for starting pitchers is strong but when it's all said and done Corbin is expected to be the highest paid among the bunch and should sign a contract of at least six years.

Patrick Corbin, 29, was incredible past year in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery (3.15 ERA over 200.0 innings, with a stellar 2.47 FIP), and he's going to be paid very handsomely in free agency for it (plus his relative youth). If he goes to the Phillies, then, having already landed Jean Segura, it makes you wonder how aggressive they will be on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The Nationals have a chance to re-sign Harper and pair Corbin with Max Scherzer in the rotation.

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