One of the most coveted free agent starting pitchers on the market has reportedly signed a new 6-year deal with the Washington Nationals, per the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.
The deal is pending a physical and should it go through will reportedly be a richer pact than the one the Chicago Cubs inked with Yu Darvish last offseason.
Per Jon Heyman, it’ll be $140 million over six years:
that’s an average of $23.3 million a season.
The Nats are looking to shore up a rotation that was pretty thin after Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Tanner Roark, Joe Ross, and Erick Fedde were a combined 11-21 for the last year. Corbin is coming off the best season of his career.
He was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP. He made 33 starts, pitched 200 innings, made the National League All-Star team and finished fifth in the Cy Young race. The Nationals now have one of the most expensive front ends of a starting rotation in baseball.
Scherzer is heading into the fifth year of a 7-year, $210 million deal. He’s due to make $30.2 million this season. Strasburg will make even more. He’s in the fourth year of a 7-year, $175 million deal. He’s scheduled to make $35 million this season.
Here is some of the immediate reaction after the deal:
Source: Heavy Sports