Patrick Corbin's Free Agent Decision Expected Soon

Patrick Corbin

-Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Dodgers met with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper in Las Vegas on Monday night.

Corbin also visited with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees during the process before opting to join a starting staff that includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and former No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg.

The mighty Yankees are a World Series caliber team; the problem is the competition is so great, that the Yanks might need to make a move or concede to a steady dose of Wild Card finishes.

While the news was good for the Red Sox in that Corbin didn't sign with their rival New York Yankees, the pitcher's decision still could cost Boston when the dust settles this offseason.

Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled.

Both Nick Pivetta and Vince Velazquez, who manned the third and fourth spots, were inconsistent at best over the course of the season. We reportedly heard that the Phillies and Yankees were only willing to give a five-year deal to Corbin, who is nearly 30 years old himself.

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But sometimes, it's just a little something extra that makes all the difference in these negotiations, and for Corbin it the 6th year that only Washington was willing to offer.

Therefore, if they are hesitant to overpay for an older pitcher, Philly could turn their attention to a former A.L. Cy Young award victor.

Basically, the Red Sox won (again) Thursday when Corbin reportedly agreed to sign with the Nationals because it kept him away from the Yankees (or another American League contender).

Corbin was one of the Yankees main targets this offseason. He posted a record of 12-11 with an ERA of 3.74, which not bad by most standards. He's posted a sub-3.00 ERA in three of the last five years, including his 2015 Cy Young campaign.

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports later reported that the deal is for $140 million over those six seasons. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.

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