Adding a left-handed pitcher is one of the many things on Matt Klentak's to do list this offseason, and he's been vocal about making this move after the organization went almost two seasons without a start from a lefty.
According to multiple media reports, Washington has signed former Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin to a six-year contract. He's been most prominently connected to his hometown Astros and the Red Sox as of late - neither of whom figure to be thrilled with the concept of the Yankees making an increased push to sign the flamethrowing righty.
Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in global bonus pool money.
Signing Corbin would have been huge for the Yankees, who already bolstered their rotation this offseason by acquiring fellow southpaw James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners.
Corbin reportedly met with the Phillies on Tuesday.
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Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch for the Red Sox during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston. The problem is, Eovaldi's market already figured to be very robust.
Heck, what if Eovaldi actually dons pinstripes and sticks it up the Red Sox's you-know-whats next season and beyond? But more importantly, with Corbin off the market, Boston will have even more competition to sign the righty.
Happ and Eovaldi both began the 2018 season with one AL East team and finished it with another contender in the division. Obviously, he's not as intimidating as Corbin, who's a strikeout machine, but there's plenty of familiarity there along with an impressive head-to-head track record. Happ, who split last season between the Blue Jays and Yankees, turned 36 in October.
Nightengale said other teams eyeing Corbin are also aware of the bidding war they could potentially get into with Philadelphia. Corbin's decision will keep him out of the risky American League East and he will stay in the more comfortable NL, with plenty of other arms around him. Just don't bank on that particular victory lasting too long, because it could lead to a less appealing set of circumstances down the road.