Well that certainly went beyond what was originally anticipated. The shock regarding the massive six-year deal worth $140 million that the Washington Nationals handed to free agent starter Patrick Corbin was still the talk of baseball last night and into Wednesday morning as the numbers and even length of contract went well above what was originally anticipated. As we tweeted out Tuesday morning, Corbin had eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies from his pursuit but was angling offers from the Nats and New York Yankees in order to try and gain a sixth year and additional dough. The Yankees reportedly refused to go to a sixth year in Corbin due to their strong belief they can fall back on J.A. Happ for half that contract length and so when the Nats did go that route, they won the sweepstakes despite the player himself growing up a fan of New York. In the end, six years and $140 million was seen as a gross over-payment by the Nats for a guy already with a Tommy John surgery under his belt and who relies very heavily on a slider that often leads to more health trouble.
So in terms of the fallout, Corbin will now slide into a very potent Nationals rotation that already has multiple Cy Young winnner Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. With regards to Corbin and his immediate fantasy baseball outlook, he actually gets a boost going from a prime offensive park in Chase Field in Arizona to a pitching-dominant pad in Washington which will help lower the ratios a bit in ERA and WHIP. Last season Corbin earned his big payday by posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and punching out 246 batters in just 200 innings which make him a swell SP 2 in all fantasy baseball leagues this spring. The only thing holding Corbin back from ace-level is a penchant for getting injured and even last season he frightened his owners a bit when his velocity began to dip in May after a big April. While that fixed itself once June arrived and there were no issues from that point onward, Corbin should still be graded as a strong SP 2 and nothing more.