Yankees, Phillies Turn To Alternatives With Corbin Off Market

J.A. Happ Philadelphia Phillies MLB

J.A. Happ Philadelphia Phillies MLB

Even after trading Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford for shortstop Jean Segura, the Philadelphia Phillies aren't content with lying pat. However, they are nowhere near done as they look to make a splash in the free agency market. While the deal does not necessarily preclude the team re-signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, the Nationals have now devoted a significant portion of their payroll elsewhere, especially if they plan to try to get back below the luxury tax line for the 2019 season.

For months, speculation had been rampant that Corbin, the top free-agent pitcher on the market this winter who grew up in upstate Clay, N.Y. was destined to be a Yankee.

Per SNY's Andy Martino, the Phillies "are in a strong position" to complete the swoop for Corbin, which could mean they are exceeding that $125 million mark by plenty.

With that in mind, how high will Philadelphia potentially have to go? Corbin's slider, in particular, causes lefty hitters a lot of trouble given his release point and devastating break and should allow him to pitch well throughout his contract.

The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal worth more than $126 million, pending a physical, according to multiple reports, including the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.

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The wildcard in this scenario will be the Yankees.

Washington spending a boatload of money on Corbin may reduce their chances of signing Harper.

What is surprising, however, is that Corbin is not heading to NY, as many had speculated. Corbin's younger brother ended his best man speech at Corbin's wedding by putting a Yankees hat on.

NY looked like the favorite to sign Corbin when the offseason began because the pitcher grew up in NY and is from a family of Yankee fans.

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