Nats sign P Corbin to 6-year deal

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In Corbin, the Nationals added arguably the most sought-after free-agent starting pitcher on the market this offseason.

The National League East has dominated the headlines this week, as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets have each made huge deals.

After two lackluster seasons in 2016 and 2017, Corbin finally rebounded this past season to go 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What it would cost to land Bumgarner in a trade is not clear, but with the team missing out on Corbin - and watching him sign with the division rival Washington Nationals - the pressure is certainly on for the front office to get something done.

Corbin's contract with the Nationals will reportedly be worth $140 million.

AP: Source says Nationals signing Patrick Corbin for 6 years, pending physical
There's a Big One: Patrick Corbin Signs with the Nationals, Reportedly for Six Years and $140 Million

- A person familiar with the deal says All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam.

Happ and Eovaldi essentially represent a backup plan.

Two of the teams vying for upgrades will be the Red Sox and Yankees.

Corbin also visited with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees during the process before opting to join a starting staff that includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and former No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg is averaging less than 25 starts per season over the last four years. Happ has been seeking a three-year deal, which would carry him through his age 38 season, and Eovaldi, of course, has undergone Tommy John surgery twice before the age of 29. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin.

With free agency looming, Corbin re-established himself as one of the elite lefties in the game in 2018. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel. He was one of Boston's World Series heroes after he pitched scoreless innings in Games 1 and 2 and then threw six late innings in a Game 3 that would become the longest game in World Series history.

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