With Patrick Corbin signed, market heats up for Nathan Eovaldi

With Patrick Corbin signed, market heats up for Nathan Eovaldi

With Patrick Corbin signed, market heats up for Nathan Eovaldi

The White Sox were reportedly interested in then-free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin at the start of this offseason.

The Washington Nationals landed one of the top prizes on the free-agent market by signing left-hander Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Corbin spent the last six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Sox likely made a good decision in not getting in a bidding war for Corbin.

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. Corbin has agreed to a 6-year, $140 million deal with the Nats.

AP: Source says Nationals signing Patrick Corbin for 6 years, pending physical

The bottomline is, unless the Cincinnati Reds want to find a true ace for their staff via trade, they're going to have to enter the fray with the remaining free agent starters. It was the culmination of slow and steady progress Corbin has made after missing the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Soon to turn 31, Keuchel has been a workhorse in the Houston rotation over the past five seasons, pitching to a collective 3.28 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9 and a whopping 60 percent ground-ball rate that leads all qualified Major League starting pitchers in that time.

Not only does he add thump to the front of the rotation, after the departure of Gio Gonzalez, but he will also add a much need left-handed presence too.

Known as one of the best big-game pitchers out there, Bumgarner pitched in 21 games last season, finishing with an ERA of 3.26. 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.

Financially speaking, in my opinion, this all but guarantees Bryce Harper will not be returning to the Nationals this winter, which isn't the worst outcome for the Cubs. However, they have several alternatives as they are reportedly considering J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi and Lance Lynn because when they could not sign Corbin.

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