For the third straight day, an NL East team made a pretty big move.
Because two days after the Mets landed Robinson Cano from Seattle, and one day after the Phillies grabbed the M’s shortstop Jean Segura, the Nationals signed yet another high-caliber pitcher to their rotation when they inked free agent Patrick Corbin to a six-year $140-million deal.
The 29-year-old lefty, an All-Star selection for the Diamondbacks in 2018, is coming off his best season ever going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while logging 200 innings for the second time in his career and striking out a career high 246 batters.
Corbin joins a Nationals rotation that already boasts three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and three-time All-Star Stephen Strasburg.
The hope is that Corbin can get the staff back on track as—after posting the fourth-best ERA (3.63) in the majors in 2017—the Nats starting rotation took a step back in 2018, ranking 13th in the majors with a 4.03 ERA.
And Vegas sure seems to think he will as the Nats odds of winning the World Series went from 20-1 to 12-1 at the Westgate SuperBook after the Corbin signing.