Free agent Patrick Corbin cemented a top spot in the Nationals' power-arm rotation on Tuesday, when the heated sweepstakes for the 29-year-old starter finally came to an end. The southpaw reportedly signed to a six-year, $140 million deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of FanCred.
The NL East is set to showcase an army of jawdropping starters. The Nationals will flash Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and now, Corbin as their top three starters for an all-hands-on-deck shot at the 2019 postseason. If Thor remains in Flushing, the Mets will counter their rivals with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.
Washington's strong hook and bait with Corbin is good news for Mets fans, as the big money spent on the southpaw almost ensures Bryce Harper played his final season at Nationals Park. The Yankees are among many teams vying for the six-time All-Star.
According to SNY's Andy Martino, with Seattle ace James Paxton under their sleeve, the Yankees are focused on filling their rotation. New York is still pursuing 36-year-old J.A. Happ after a strong performance in the postseason, though his age could be a factor in a long-term deal.
Corbin went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.050 WHIP and 246 strikeouts across 200 innings pitched with the D-backs last regular season. The two-time All-Star allowed just 15 home runs on his way to placing fifth in the NL Cy Young Award race in 2018.