Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin has spent all of his major league career pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will not be the case anymore as Corbin signed a 6 year $140 million contract with the Washington Nationals yesterday.
The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is whether or not this means the end for Bryce Harper in Washington. Let me get this out of the way by saying it isn’t, as you can see by this Tweet by Bob Nightengale.
Now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about the deal. If I am a Nationals fan, I am not a happy camper. Giving Corbin $23 million dollars a year is not the smartest move. He has only pitched 200 innings in a season twice: last year and five years ago in 2013. Last year was also the first time that Corbin eclipsed 200 strikeouts.
There are just too many questions for this deal to look good in my eyes. Is Corbin really that much better than the Gio Gonzalez that the Nationals traded to the Brewers in the middle of the year? Corbin’s potential is undoubtedly higher that Gio’s, but Gonzalez is a consistent number three starter. Corbin could be a number four at points. Two years ago in 2016 Corbin had a 5.15 ERA. Not the best!
I think Corbin is a good pitcher, and adding him to a rotation with Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer makes the Nationals contenders whether Harper comes back or not. I just think that the deal was way too much for a guy that has only really proven himself for one season. A season that happened to be his contract year.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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