MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies Or Nationals Expected To Sign Patrick Corbin Soon

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

Patrick Corbin is a huge signing as the team looks to get back on top of the NL East in 2019. According to the general consensus, the Yankees, having already picked up James Paxton in trade, were sticking to five years for Corbin and wouldn't budge. It's possible that an outside team could enter the fray, but one of those clubs will likely land the best pitcher on the market in the coming days. 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.

A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam.

Philadelphia might be willing to give Corbin his biggest offer since the team is seemingly ready to outspend everyone this winter. Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Corbin has returned to the top of their priority list. As is often the case, far too much was made of his hometown (Clay, New York) and the fact he grew up a Yankees fan in a family full of Yankees fans. Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor, hasn't been as dominant since winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, but he led the AL in starts last season and has turned in a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons. The Phillies telling Corbin they won't be out-bid isn't surprising, especially after owner John Middleton's remarks to Nightengale in which he said they expect to be a "little stupid" about how they spend their money. The veteran also struck out 246 batters in 200 innings while holding hitters to a.218 batting average.

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Corbin, who was an All Star in 2018, finished last season with 3.15 ERA in 33 starts.

Corbin went 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 ERA in 2017. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run.

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