Nationals sign ace starter Patrick Corbin to six-year contract

Arizona Diamondbacks Patrick Corbin reacts after he gave up home run to New York Mets Anthony Recker in MLB game in New York

Phillies “in strong position” in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t “be out-bid”

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. 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. That number could go up depending on the bidding that occurs.'s Todd Zolecki reports that Happ will now become a primary focus for the Phils, while Fancred's Jon Heyman tweets that Philadelphia "will consider" Dallas Keuchel.

The Phillies have had their eyes on Corbin since the start of the offseason.

Corbin reportedly met with the Phillies on Tuesday.

Philadelphia might be willing to give Corbin his biggest offer since the team is seemingly ready to outspend everyone this winter.

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Corbin, 29, was among the most-dominant all-around pitchers in the game last season.

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.

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.

Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch during the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field on June 23, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Yankees have only given contracts of that length to Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Mike Mussina, and general manager Brian Cashman has spoke multiple times this offseason about the inherent risk in signing a starting pitcher. There has been speculation that Corbin will sign with the Yankees for less money to play for the team he grew up rooting for.

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