Reports: Corbin, Nats reach 6-year, $140M deal


The Washington Nationals are adding another high-caliber pitcher to their rotation, reportedly agreeing to terms on a six-year deal with free agent Patrick Corbin on Tuesday.

According to reports, the deal, pending a physical, is close to the six-year, $126 million deal that Yu Darvish signed with the Chicago Cubs last year. The Washington Post was the first to report that Corbin and the Nats had agreed to terms.

The 29-year-old Corbin, an All-Star selection in 2018, is coming off his best season, going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while logging 200 innings for the second time in his career. Relying largely on his filthy slider, Corbin set a career high in strikeouts (246) after making his first Opening Day start for the Diamondbacks.

Corbin joins a Nationals rotation that already boasts three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and three-time All-Star Stephen Strasburg.

He had visited with the Phillies and Yankees during free agency, but the Yankees were adamant that they would not agree to anything more than a five-year deal.

Corbin was the second-hardest pitcher to make contact off in 2018, trailing only Blake Snell, and he had the third-best ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (1.79) in the majors behind Dallas Keuchel (2.20) and Jake Arrieta (1.80).

“He is definitely legit,” an American League scout told ESPN earlier this season. “He commands his fastball, has a swing-and-miss slider and excellent mound presence. … Assuming health, he’s setting himself up for a large payday.”

Corbin was in line to be the Opening Day starter in 2014, coming off an All-Star season in which he went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in his first full season. But he suffered an injury to his throwing arm during a spring training game and had to have Tommy John surgery.

He missed the entire 2014 season and part of 2015, and he went 5-13 with a 5.15 ERA in 2016. He was moved to the bullpen that year.

Corbin, selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft, had a 56-54 record with a 3.91 ERA in six seasons with the Diamondbacks.

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