Free Agent Prize Patrick Corbin Signs Six-Year Deal with Washington Nationals

Free Agent Prize Patrick Corbin Signs Six-Year Deal with Washington Nationals

It might not be long before we have our first major free-agent signing of the 2018-2019 MLB offseason. Of the bunch, Keuchel is subject to draft-pick compensation for a new team after rejecting a one-year, $17.9MM qualifying offer from the Astros.

Still on the market is right fielder Bryce Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP for the Nationals. The team reportedly beat out the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for his signature. 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.

According to multiple media reports, Washington has signed former Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin to a six-year contract.

Philadelphia might be willing to give Corbin his biggest offer since the team is seemingly ready to outspend everyone this winter.

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Corbin is coming off one of his strongest seasons as a professional, which came at a ideal time considering it was a contract year. The Nationals have a chance to re-sign Harper and pair Corbin with Max Scherzer in the rotation.

Corbin's family grew up as Yankees fans and obviously want to see their talented relative join the team they already root for.

Throughout the 2018 regular season, Corbin put together an 11-7 win-loss record through 200.0 innings pitched in 33 starts. He also set a career high with 246 strikeouts, good for third in the National League. Instead, they missed out on Corbin over a sixth year - a sixth year beyond the current Collective Bargaining Agreement - after spending the offseason saying they need rotation help.

Per MLB.com's Jamal Collier, Corbin's deal with worth six years and $140 million. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.

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