Washington’s Nationals have one heck of a rotation. According to multiple reports today, the Nationals and free agent left-hander Patrick Corbin have agreed on a 6-year/$140M deal, pending completion of a physical.
Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes was first with reports that the deal was done.
Corbin, 29, visited the nation’s capital recently on his tour of a couple of interested East Coast teams, and Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters this past weekend that the visit went well and he thought something might happen sooner rather than later.
“I think that he’s not afraid to do something early,” Rizzo said. “If he gets a deal that he feels comfortable with I think he will act. There’s been no timetable given by his representatives or by him, but we had a nice dinner and he spent the next day here, and it was a really good meeting with his agent, myself, his wife and [Nationals’ Principal Owner] Mark Lerner were all there.”
Rizzo said then that the southpaw, who finished the 2018 campaign at (11-7) over 33 starts, with a 3.15 ERA, 2.47 FIP, 48 walks (2.76 BB/9), 246 Ks (11.07 K/9), and a .217/.270/.337 line against in 200 innings in a career-best 6.2 fWAR campaign for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would make a great addition to a starting staff that already includes righties Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Tanner Roark, with a number of pitchers in the mix for the fifth and final spot.
“He’s one of the elite starting pitchers that are on the free agent market, we have interest in him,” Rizzo said. “We had a nice discussion with him, I had a personal discussion with him.
“He wanted to come down and see what we had down here, and visit the city and the clubhouse, and I thought that was a positive reaction by him. I’m not going to read too much into it, but he’s a guy obviously that we’re interested in and that would fit nicely on this team.”
Apparently, Corbin liked what he saw, and pending the completion of his physical, the Nationals just vastly improved their rotation.
The signing of Corbin, once completed, comes after the Nationals have already added two relievers, Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal, and two catchers, both Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes already this offseason. More info on the details of Corbin’s deal when they are made available...
According to subsequent reports, the Nationals and Corbin have agreed on a 6-year/$140M deal.
What do you think FBBers? Is this a nice response to the moves the other teams around the NL East have made this winter?
Also this, since Corbin turned down qualifying offer from the Diamondbacks: