Yankees lose Patrick Corbin; who will they target next?

Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

Nationals sign free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

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.

On his way to a sensational season as both a pitcher and outfielder, Ohtani suffered an elbow injury that limited him to 10 starts and 104 games overall and required Tommy John surgery.

Well, the favorite doesn't always win and the Yankees watched Corbin, 29, waltz to the Nationals for a six-year, $140 million deal.

What is surprising, however, is that Corbin is not heading to NY, as many had speculated. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million.

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Though his relatives pulled out all the stops for the Yankees, even at Corbin's recent wedding, his boyhood team refused to go beyond five years and make this dream a reality. Going by those now well-recited comments, fans could expect the Phillies could keep pursuing Corbin as well as free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, in addition to possibly more players. "Those are things that define playing hard a little more to me". The Phillies are aiming to add one starter to the rotation, Heyman continues, with a left-hander in particular being a preference.

For the Yankees, that means shifting their focus to a pair of familiar faces in Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ, Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets. He went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 63.2 innings after being acquired by the Yankees in a trade.

Lance Lynn is another option for the Yankees, though he wasn't almost as good as Happ or Eovaldi in 2018. The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco.

The signing of Corbin - who had drawn interest from the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, among other clubs, and was expected to draw offers of at least $20 million a year - could be a signal that the Nationals are moving on from Harper.

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