All we've heard since the beginning of free agency is that the Yankees were ready to spend the money necessary to bring in free agent starting pitcher and hometown boy Patrick Corbin in order to shore up their rotation.
Just after Corbin signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals earlier on Tuesday, the details of the Yankees offer to Corbin have been released, and boy, are they underwhelming, to say the least.
Yankees offer for Corbin was $100M for 5 years. had they been the choice, of course it's possible they might have gone a little bit higher, but not to 6 years.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2018
Not even a Yankee fan wants to sacrifice $40 million to play for their hometown team.
Several reports have come out that the Yankees were not prepared to include a sixth year in the deal, which prompted Corbin to take the extra year and money and head to Washington.
The Yankees apparently didn't want to go to a sixth year for Patrick Corbin. In their history, they have only given three pitchers deals of more than five years: Mike Mussina, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 4, 2018
You're the New York Yankees, one of the only teams in any sport around the world that has an unlimited wallet, and this is what you offer for premier pitching?
The Yankees' biggest weakness last year was starting pitching, and with Corbin and his family Yankees fans, this was a match made in heaven. The Bronx Bombers didn't see it that way, and they will now have to search for another arm to bring in.
The Yankees made themselves look foolish Tuesday. You have a 29-year-old pitcher heading into his prime and you completely low-ball him.
This move could turn around and bite them in the behind down the road.