The big winner of the Patrick Corbin sweepstakes is the Washington Nationals.
The team has agreed to a deal with Corbin, which is pending the lefty undergoing a physical. The deal will be for six seasons, keeping Corbin in a Nationals uniform through the 2025 season.
Nationals have agreed to terms on a deal with Patrick Corbin, according to a person familiar. Pending physical.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) December 4, 2018
The Nationals edged out the Yankees and Phillies, who were also being considered by the 29-year-old lefty. Corbin's decision will keep him out of the dangerous American League East and he will stay in the more comfortable NL, with plenty of other arms around him.
Though his relatives pulled out all the stops for the Yankees, even at Corbin's recent wedding, his boyhood team refused to go beyond five years and make this dream a reality.
New York was reportedly unwilling to offer Corbin a six-year deal, which was a deal breaker for the former Diamondbacks star. After acquiring James Paxton, the Yanks considered Corbin a luxury rather than an essential.
The deal is expected to be worth a similar value to the six-year, $126 million deal that Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs, so Corbin is being treated to quite the pay day after a stellar 2018 campaign.
Hearing same as others: Corbin will agree to a six-year deal, pending a physical, likely above Darvish’s $126M guarantee with #Cubs a year ago.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2018
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 MLB.