Phillies free agency rumors: Team won’t be outbid for Patrick Corbin

Phillies free agency rumors: Team won’t be outbid for Patrick Corbin

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees weren't willing to extend beyond five years, and had offered Corbin $100 million.

The good news is the Yankees won't be getting Patrick Corbin. It's possible that an outside team could enter the fray, but one of those clubs will likely land the best pitcher on the market in the coming days.

For months, speculation had been rampant that Corbin, the top free-agent pitcher on the market this winter who grew up in upstate Clay, N.Y. was destined to be a Yankee.

With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals. Corbin's slider, in particular, causes lefty hitters a lot of trouble given his release point and devastating break and should allow him to pitch well throughout his contract.

Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY.

NY looked like the favorite to sign Corbin when the offseason began because the pitcher grew up in NY and is from a family of Yankee fans. Clearly, they're not ready to cede control of the NL East to the aggressive Mets and Phillies or the surging Braves. Like the Yankees, both teams have money to spend and need a pitcher like Corbin to boost their starting staffs. In 2018 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, two-time All-Star went 11-7 with a career-best 3.15 ERA along with 246 strikeouts in exactly 200 innings. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run.

NY was reportedly unwilling to offer Corbin a six-year deal, which was a deal breaker for the former Diamondbacks star. He went 2-1 with two holds and a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings in the playoffs.