The Phillies are aiming to add one starter to the rotation, Heyman continues, with a left-hander in particular being a preference. While the deal does not necessarily preclude the team re-signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, the Nationals have now devoted a significant portion of their payroll elsewhere, especially if they plan to try to get back below the luxury tax line for the 2019 season.
Free-agents Happ and Eovaldi are both steps down in quality from Corbin, but they wouldn't require the six-year deal that Corbin desperately wanted. Nightengale tweeted that Corbin will get at least a six-year, $125 million contract according to several executives.
Patrick Corben, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, reportedly elected to sign a six-year deal with the Washington Nationals, spurning the Yankees, who often were considered one of the frontrunners for his services. 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. The Yankees won 18 more games than the Nationals last season and finished 20 games ahead of the Phillies in the overall Major League Baseball standings. The Nationals have a chance to re-sign Harper and pair Corbin with Max Scherzer in the rotation. The veteran also struck out 246 batters in 200 innings while holding hitters to a.218 batting average. Corbin's decision will keep him out of the risky American League East and he will stay in the more comfortable NL, with plenty of other arms around him. He was an All-Star with a 3.41 ERA in 208.1 innings in 2013. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.