The first domino in the pitching free agent market has fallen, and now it's time for many other pieces to fall into place.
Corbin, a two-time All-Star left-hander in Arizona, agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract, according to the Washington Post. Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor, hasn't been as dominant since winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, but he led the AL in starts last season and has turned in a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons.
Corbin reportedly met with the Phillies on Tuesday.
Nightengale also tweeted that Corbin is expected to receive a contract of at least six years and $125 million. Entering this offseason, the Sox have payroll flexibility and can add some quality free agents to the team. He suffered a broken pinkie last season, which cost him time, and then also missed three months due to a dirt bike accident.
Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Surely the Sox need a starting pitcher that can pitch 200 innings as Corbin did in 2018.
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. 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. 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. Join the Southside Showdown team!
With Patrick Corbin out of the picture now for their 2019 rotation, the Yankees will set their targets on two known commodities to them - J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi.
We should begin to know more about Bryce Harper's future as the Winter Meetings approach, but as of now, it is clear that the Nationals will not wait on Harper's decision.