Former D-back Patrick Corbin agrees to 6-year deal with Nationals

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Clearly, they're not ready to cede control of the NL East to the aggressive Mets and Phillies or the surging Braves.

Greinke has been reportedly on the block as Arizona attempts to move off his contract that pays out $35 million in each of the next three years. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia tweeted that the Phillies have made an offer to Corbin.

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports later reported that the deal is for $140 million over those six seasons.

Corbin, 29, was considered by most to be the top starter available on the free agent market, so it's not necessarily surprising to see him sign early, and his six-year deal isn't particularly far off the expected mark, either (MLB Trade Rumors, for example, projected six years and $129M). His brother even put on a Yankees hat during a best-man speech at Corbin's wedding this offseason, according to Rosenthal.

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Corbin had previously been with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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. The veteran also struck out 246 batters in 200 innings while holding hitters to a.218 batting average. ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the southpaw is likely to receive the biggest pitching contract of the offseason.

In addition to the agreement with Corbin, the Nationals already have added two catchers - Yan Gomes via trade, Kurt Suzuki in free agency - and two back-end-of-the-bullpen relievers - Kyle Barraclough via trade, Trevor Rosenthal in free agency. The Phillies telling Corbin they won't be out-bid isn't surprising, especially after owner John Middleton's remarks to Nightengale in which he said they expect to be a "little stupid" about how they spend their money.

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