Per Andy Martino of SNY, the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are all vying for free agent starter Patrick Corbin, with rivals viewing the Phillies as being in a "strong position" to ultimately sign the two-time All-Star. Clearly, they're not ready to cede control of the NL East to the aggressive Mets and Phillies or the surging Braves.
Soon to turn 31, Keuchel has been a workhorse in the Houston rotation over the past five seasons, pitching to a collective 3.28 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9 and a whopping 60 percent ground-ball rate that leads all qualified Major League starting pitchers in that time. There was no way Cincinnati was going to pony up that kind of dough for Corbin, but what does the deal mean for the Cincinnati Reds going forward?
After missing out on free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, who could the Philadelphia Phillies go after next to bolster their starting rotation? Especially a pitcher with a history of injury. While his potential has always been known, Corbin missed the entire 2014 season and part of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. That averages out as $23.3 million per season, which seems to be a fair amount for the best starter in free agency. Would a 4 year/ $80-million contract be enough to land Keuchel? The Yankees' lack of quality pitching was among the reasons why the Sox beat them in the ALDS in October, and it's an area NY still needs to upgrade despite trading for Seattle Mariners starter James Paxton last month.
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Happ, 36, went 10-6 in 114 innings with Toronto last season. We reportedly heard that the Phillies and Yankees were only willing to give a five-year deal to Corbin, who is nearly 30 years old himself.
Fans may not have to wait much longer for news of Corbin's signing, either, as Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that Corbin's decision is "expected to come soon". Entering this offseason, the Sox have payroll flexibility and can add some quality free agents to the team.