It might not be long before we have our first major free-agent signing of the 2018-2019 MLB offseason. The Phillies were one of the top contenders for Corbin. Corbin visited with the Phillies and the Yankees last week, and NY was reportedly unwilling to offer a sixth year.
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. Corbin's slider, in particular, causes lefty hitters a lot of trouble given his release point and devastating break and should allow him to pitch well throughout his contract.
It's reportedly a three-team race for Corbin.
Corbin, a two-time All-Star left-hander in Arizona, agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract, according to the Washington Post.
Happ, 36, went 10-6 in 114 innings with Toronto last season.
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.
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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.
I could understand why the Yanks would be hesitant to add in that extra year and if that leads to Corbin signing elsewhere than so be it.
Happ was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Bronx Bombers last season. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.
Comparatively, National League Cy Young award victor Jacob deGrom and Trevor Bauer were the only two players to rank above Corbin in the FIP category. deGrom had a phenomenal 1.99 FIP and Bauer had a solid 2.44 FIP.
The left-handed Corbin, who left the Arizona Diamondbacks, joins a Nationals starting rotation that already includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.