Corbin was considered the top starter available in an elite free-agent class and became the first player among them to sign a big money, multiyear deal this off-season.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale also reported that the Phillies have told Corbin they will not be "out-bid" by any other team interested in his services, a bold declaration that signals the Phillies are living up to the aggressive label they've been carrying the past month.
With Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings getting underway on December 10, the Yankees now have a pocket full of money that could have been used on Corbin and reallocated elsewhere.
But sometimes, it's just a little something extra that makes all the difference in these negotiations, and for Corbin it the 6th year that only Washington was willing to offer. That number could go up depending on the bidding that occurs. I'm nearly positive the Yanks won't do that, but it's likely they'll be more aggressive on at least one. Whether or not it will occur before next week's MLB Winter Meetings remains to be seen. With or without Corbin, the Phillies were expected to be motivated shoppers on Machado and Bryce Harper. If his source is correct, this would rule the Philadelphia Phillies out of the Corbin sweepstakes. If deGrom had not put together such a phenomenal season, Corbin would have likely taken home the NL Cy Young award last season due to his strong overall performance.
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Corbin had a spectacular season in 2018, going 11-7 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 3.15 ERA and a bWAR of 4.6, as well as having 246 strikeouts.
The Phillies would still like to add a lefty to their starting rotation and remain interested in a reunion with J.A. Happ.
Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in global bonus pool money.
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