In Corbin, the Nationals added arguably the most sought-after free-agent starting pitcher on the market this offseason.
Happ last pitched for the Yankees, getting sent to The Bronx ahead of the trade deadline from the Toronto Blue Jays. Nightengale tweeted that Corbin will get at least a six-year, $125 million contract according to several executives.
After a lot of speculation that he was set to sign a six-year deal, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post dropped the bombshell Nats fans were hoping for, reporting that he was set to sign in D.C. pending a physical. The Phillies are aiming to add one starter to the rotation, Heyman continues, with a left-hander in particular being a preference.
Philadelphia might be willing to give Corbin his biggest offer since the team is seemingly ready to outspend everyone this winter.
NY looked like the favorite to sign Corbin when the offseason began because the pitcher grew up in NY and is from a family of Yankee fans. According to Tim Dierkes, Corbin is expected to receive a six-year, $129.00 million contract, which is surprisingly a reasonable based on his performance last season.
The Phillies are still favorites to land Harper (if I had to guess), but because the Nationals, one of his primary suitors until now, just became a lot less likely to sign him and the Yankees were "out" on Harper as of this morning, the Cubs' chances - however remote they may be - probably just ticked up a tiny bit.
He pitched 200.0 innings in 2018, recording an 11-7 record and logging a 3.15 ERA while striking out 246 batters, the fifth highest mark in the Major League Baseball. Corbin would provide the Phillies with another ace that would slide in right behind Aaron Nola, as well as giving the rotation a much-needed left-handed pitcher. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.