Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Yankees, Phillies Turn To Alternatives With Corbin Off Market

Yankees, Phillies Turn To Alternatives With Corbin Off Market

This may not be the only starting pitcher that Mike Rizzo adds this offseason, as he is keen to once again use it as the foundation for a run at the World Series.

At the start of the season, the Nationals were not among the favorites to sign Corbin.

The 29-year-old Corbin is coming off his best season in the majors, going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while pitching 200 innings for the second time in his career. He's a NY native coming off an excellent season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Yankees - always equipped with deep pockets - seemed like a logical fit for the 29-year-old left-hander.

With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals.

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

Coveted free-agent pitcher Patrick Corbin agreed to a six-year deal with the Nationals on Tuesday after the Yankees were unwilling to offer a sixth year, according to multiple reports.

Heyman added that NY will now turn its attention to Eovaldi and J.A. Happ.

That said, the residual effects of Corbin signing with the Nationals - not the Yankees - could hurt the Red Sox. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season.

So, with the No. 1 starter off the market, where do the Reds turn?

With free agency looming, Corbin re-established himself as one of the elite lefties in the game in 2018. Both are on that next tier of starting pitchers, and Keuchel has been linked to Cincinnati on a few occasions over the past week. Corbin was an NL All-Star selection in 2013 and this year; Scherzer has been picked for each of the past six Midsummer Classics; Strasburg has made it three times. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?

Bumgarner has one year, $12 million remainin on his contract, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Fans may not have to wait much longer for news of Corbin's signing, either, as Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that Corbin's decision is "expected to come soon".

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