Nationals sign ace starter Patrick Corbin to six-year contract

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This may not be the only starting pitcher that Mike Rizzo adds this offseason, as he is keen to once again use it as the foundation for a run at the World Series.

The National League East has dominated the headlines this week, as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets have each made huge deals.

The Phillies also were seen as a serious contender for Corbin, the 29-year-old lefty who posted a 3.15 ERA last year with the Diamondbacks.

Although Corbin won't be pitching for the Sox next season, the franchise can still target other free agent starting pitchers this offseason.

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. Corbin didn't come cheap, as the reported deal is worth $140 million.

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The Washington Nationals chose to remain active, signing top starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to a contract worth $140 million over six years.

In the aftermath of the news breaking about Corbin's destination, another report, this one from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, claims that the Yankees will now turn their attention to two familiar faces after missing out on Corbin.

The Red Sox are on record that they'd like Eovaldi back, but with NY in the picture, the Red Sox won't get him cheaply. Now, if the Yankees join the fray, his price tag could soar beyond Boston's comfort level, preventing him from returning to the Red Sox or, at the very least, forcing the defending champs to overexert themselves financially to keep him. He had an impeccable record of 12-4 with an ERA of 2.93 in 23 starts. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?

The two top options on the free agent market are good. The.

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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