The first domino in the pitching free agent market has fallen, and now it's time for many other pieces to fall into place.
Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY. It seems the deal Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs last winter served as something of a framework for Corbin's deal, with him getting a bump because he's two years younger and is coming off a better platform year.
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms with the left-hander, a report confirmed by multiple outlets.
The signing of Corbin - who had drawn interest from the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, among other clubs, and was expected to draw offers of at least $20 million a year - could be a signal that the Nationals are moving on from Harper.
Fast-forward nearly 10 years later and the 36-year-old Happ is reportedly seeking a three-year deal after an impressive season with both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.
Happ and Eovaldi essentially represent a backup plan. They each had successful second-half campaigns when they were each traded within the AL East, and Eovaldi delivered gutsy performances for the Red Sox throughout the postseason.
Ranger Suarez isn't, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts. While the details of Corbin's deal have yet to be disclosed, his average salary is $23 million per year. He pitched to an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 33 starts. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin.
Corbin's contract would include $10 million in deferred money, one of the people said.
Bumgarner has one year, $12 million remainin on his contract, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel.