Patrick Corbin agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reported Tuesday.
Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that Corbin will receive $140 million in the deal from Washington, which bolsters a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Corbin entered free agency this offseason and drew interest from the Giants, who could have turned the 29-year-old from NL West opponent to teammate. But it's not in the best interest of Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi to take on such a big contract, especially during this offseason with the team open to moving Madison Bumgarner. They're already taking on Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija's massive contracts. And like Alex Pavlovic wrote, MadBum will want a very pricy contract in a year.
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The Giants appear to be sitting back and looking for under-the-radar, cheaper starters.
As for the good news, the team will have less exposure to Corbin, who dominated last year.
Across six seasons with the Diamondbacks, Corbin boasted a 3.91 ERA. Last season, he earned an All-Star selection and was even in Cy Young Award talks. No surprise there, as he finished with an 11-7 record and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings. He also had a career-high 2.47 FIP and 11.07 K/9 ratio.
The Yankees also were one of the main teams to consider Corbin, but according to Heyman, the team did not want to go six years with the left-hander.
Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.
Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.
So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.
"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."
NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have mutual interest in a deal.
Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.
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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.
The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.
The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.
Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.
With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.
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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.