Washington Nationals reportedly agree six-year deal with Patrick Corbin

The Top Free Agent Starter, Patrick Corbin, Figures to Be Signing Soon

MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies Or Nationals Expected To Sign Patrick Corbin Soon

Especially because the Clay, NY native grew up a Yankees fan.

"He'll get access to all aspects of what we're about ... the brand, our efforts, the people with Aaron Boone and our coaches and myself, and hopefully he'll walk away getting a better feel of who we are".

For a Yankees team that has made starting pitching a priority this offseason, Corbin was an initial favorite to land in the Bronx. That figure might be less if he signs with the Yankees.

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 worldwide bonus pool money.

Now that the Yankees are under the luxury tax threshold for the first time in years they have plenty of money to spend on Corbin.

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After a lot of speculation that he was set to sign a six-year deal, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post dropped the bombshell Nats fans were hoping for, reporting that he was set to sign in D.C. pending a physical.

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. And because of that - and that NY had reportedly shown interest in trading for Corbin last December - it was expected he would join with the Bronx Bombers.

Had the Yankees landed Corbin, they would've added a third prime-aged elite bat-misser to the rotation alongside James Paxton and Luis Severino.

After going 82-80 and failing to make the playoffs after two NL East titles in a row, Washington has been busy this off-season. In that case, then they could shift their attention to signing another top free agent starter such as J.A. Happ.

Given Corbin's affinity for the Yankees, this would seem like an easy decision.

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