On Tuesday, it was announced that Corbin agreed to sign a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
The good news is the Yankees won't be getting Patrick Corbin. High quality left-handed starting pitchers are tough to come by, but NY will now have to look elsewhere as they continue attempts to reinforce their pitching staff. Corbin missed the entire 2014 season and part of the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery.
However, if the Phillies were to sign Happ, he would be a nice fill in as a solid third option in the starting rotation behind ace Aaron Nola and former N.L. Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta.
Patrick Corbin was the No. 1 starter available on the market this offseason. He suffered a broken pinkie last season, which cost him time, and then also missed three months due to a dirt bike accident. He went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA for the Houston Astros last season, leading the league with 211 hits allowed in 204.2 innings. Corbin would provide the Phillies with another ace that would slide in right behind Aaron Nola, as well as giving the rotation a much-needed left-handed pitcher.
Heck, what if Eovaldi actually dons pinstripes and sticks it up the Red Sox's you-know-whats next season and beyond? Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel. He has a wealth of postseason experience to go along with winning the Cy Young award in the American League in 2015 and being a four-time Gold Glove award victor. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?
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And we haven't even discussed whether the Yankees' failed pursuit of Corbin will result in them going hard after either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, two offensive superstars who would make New York's already daunting lineup even scarier. The Winter Meetings will begin on Sunday and the Sox should be one of the more aggressive teams attempting to improve their ballclub for the future.
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