It has been reported that the Washington Nationals have come to an agreement to terms of a contract that will bring on prized free agent Patrick Corbin. The left-hander is supposed to receive a total of $140 million over a contract that spans six years with the Nationals. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman broke the reported news first.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2018
sources: Corbin gets $140M over 6
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2018
Corbin was the largest pitcher to hit the Free Agent market besides Clayton Kershaw who restructured his contract with the Dodgers very early on in the free agency period. In 2014, Corbin did not play and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, and he finally got back to his all-star status in 2018. Last year for the Diamondbacks, Corbin had an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA, WHIP of 1.05, and struck out 246 batters over 200 innings pitched.
With Corbin’s name off the market, the big names still available are pitchers like Nathan Eovaldi, JA Happ, Dallas Keuchel, and Yusei Kikuchi when he becomes available. The Nationals however are building their team to win now, they are also targeting a new bat to help fill the hole left by Bryce Harper assuming he does not come back, which all signs point to him leaving.