The Washington Nationals make a surprise splash and swipe former Arizona Diamondbacks ace and top free-agent starter Patrick Corbin on a 6-year $140 mil deal. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season.
What is surprising, however, is that Corbin is not heading to NY, as many had speculated.
The Yankees traded their top pitching prospect earlier this offseason when they acquired pitcher James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners.
The Yankees were reportedly hesitant to offer Corbin six years, sending him a five-year, $100 million proposal (per Fancred's Jon Heyman) that turned out to be not enough. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million. The Yankees and Red Sox are among as many as nine teams with interesting in signing the 28-year-old right hander.
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Corbin joins an already pricey rotation that includes both Max Scherzer ($210 million total contract value) and Strasburg ($175 million).
With Patrick Corbin out of the picture now for their 2019 rotation, the Yankees will set their targets on two known commodities to them - J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi.
Corbin reportedly met with the Phillies on Tuesday. Happ had a 3.18 ERA in 2016 and a 3.53 ERA in 2017. It seems the deal Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs last winter served as something of a framework for Corbin's deal, with him getting a bump because he's two years younger and is coming off a better platform year.
Corbin also ranked third in home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (0.68), sixth in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (11.07), and thirteenth in base on balls per nine innings pitched (2.16).