Cincinnati Reds: What does Patrick Corbin’s deal mean for the team?

Cincinnati Reds: What does Patrick Corbin’s deal mean for the team?

Corbin, arguably the best starting pitcher available on the free agent market, had always been linked to the Yankees, who entered this offseason in need of rotation reinforcements.

Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Of course, these are the three sites of Corbin's meetings last week.

Free-agents Happ and Eovaldi are both steps down in quality from Corbin, but they wouldn't require the six-year deal that Corbin desperately wanted.

- A person familiar with the deal says All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam.

Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though. The team reportedly beat out the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for his signature. The number of early deals in the offseason is also significant, as Corbin becomes the team's fifth addition since the start of the playoffs. The Sox need a consistently reliable starting pitcher for next season. Or, could Cincinnati go a little cheaper with Eovaldi for maybe 3 years at $50 million? It'll be even easier then to see why Corbin signing with the Nationals was a tough break for Boston despite looking like a victory on the surface. Bumgarner has really made a name for himself in the postseason, posting an impressive 2.11 ERA in 16 games, helping the Giants win three World Series.

The bottomline is, unless the Cincinnati Reds want to find a true ace for their staff via trade, they're going to have to enter the fray with the remaining free agent starters.

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".

The bigger story might not be what the Reds are willing to pay to get one of the top-level starters available, but what are other teams willing to pay now that Corbin is off the market?

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