In Corbin, the Nationals added arguably the most sought-after free-agent starting pitcher on the market this offseason. Of the bunch, Keuchel is subject to draft-pick compensation for a new team after rejecting a one-year, $17.9MM qualifying offer from the Astros. He was also reportedly set to visit the Yankees, who offered a five-year deal, but nothing beyond that.
Corbin, 29, will nearly certainly get the most lucrative contract of any available pitcher.
However, this is the first report that seems to signal Philadelphia may be in front of the listed teams in regards to the chances of signing the two-time All-Star, as well as news that they aren't afraid to outspend any other potential suitor. Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor, hasn't been as dominant since winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, but he led the AL in starts last season and has turned in a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons. They wanted him, and he and his friends and family made no secret of the fact they wanted a homecoming of sorts. He posted a 3.15 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with 246 strikeouts in 200 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. The Phillies were one of the top contenders for Corbin. Clearly, they're not ready to cede control of the NL East to the aggressive Mets and Phillies or the surging Braves.
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Corbin, who has played his entire major league career for the Arizona Diamondbacks, joins a rotation in Washington that already includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com noted that the Yankees will make re-signing J.A. Happ or Lance Lynn, along with pursuing Boston Red Sox postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi, their next step should Corbin sign elsewhere. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.
MLB Trade Rumors ranked Corbin as the number three overall free agent in this years class.