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

Patrick Corbin

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports later reported that the deal is for $140 million over those six seasons. There was no way Cincinnati was going to pony up that kind of dough for Corbin, but what does the deal mean for the Cincinnati Reds going forward? While others could make the argument for Dallas Keuchel, Corbin seemed to be favorite among most baseball experts, and for good reason.

Corbin is coming off a career year in 2018 when he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and struck out 246 in 200 innings.

Ranger Suarez isn't, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts. Especially a pitcher with a history of injury. There's no doubt they are serious contenders for the 28-year-old, as Corbin recently visited the Phillies and Citizens Bank Park just last week.

The race for Eovaldi's signature could heat up in short order with the Corbin agreement as the first domino to fall. The Sox need a consistently reliable starting pitcher for next season. The Phillies definitely have the money to swing a Corbin deal, and the Nationals are always lying in the weeds. While the average annual salary will be watered down thanks to deferrals, he managed to top Yu Darvish's contract from last offseason (6/$129 million). You'd have to think that Keuchel could get in the neighborhood of $20 million per season. He has a career 3.03 ERA in 252 starts.

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Though, one other major question remains here.

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.

But due to the state of the Yankees, as of now, I'd mark several players as off the table, including Aaron Judge, Miguel Andújar, Luis Severino, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and the recently acquired James Paxton. It'll be even easier then to see why Corbin signing with the Nationals was a tough break for Boston despite looking like a victory on the surface.

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