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Major League Baseball hot stove: Nats sign Patrick Corbin, report says

Major League Baseball hot stove: Nats sign Patrick Corbin, report says

Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY.

According to Dan Federico on Twitter, Patrick Corbin is rumored to now be deciding between the New York Yankees or the Washington Nationals. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees weren't willing to extend beyond five years, and had offered Corbin $100 million.

As Corbin has the potential to be a Cy Young candidate if he is able to replicate his performance last season going forward, he would fit perfectly with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka in the Bronx as well as with Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in D.C.

With Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings getting underway on December 10, the Yankees now have a pocket full of money that could have been used on Corbin and reallocated elsewhere.

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Corbin, who was an All Star in 2018, finished last season with 3.15 ERA in 33 starts.

I'm undecided on whom the Yanks should sign, either Eovaldi or Happ. With Corbin off the market, Dallas Keuchel will command the largest contract of any starting pitcher that's unsigned. While the details of Corbin's deal have yet to be disclosed, his average salary is $23 million per year. Or, could Cincinnati go a little cheaper with Eovaldi for maybe 3 years at $50 million?

USA Today's Bob Nightengale also reported that the Phillies have told Corbin they will not be "out-bid" by any other team interested in his services, a bold declaration that signals the Phillies are living up to the aggressive label they've been carrying the past month. I'm nearly positive the Yanks won't do that, but it's likely they'll be more aggressive on at least one. There's no doubt they are serious contenders for the 28-year-old, as Corbin recently visited the Phillies and Citizens Bank Park just last week.

The bottomline is, unless the Cincinnati Reds want to find a true ace for their staff via trade, they're going to have to enter the fray with the remaining free agent starters. "But if, say, the Phillies sign the lefty slugger, what does that do to the Machado market?" It's time to get the pitching.