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Thu Dec 610:06AP sources: Corbin, Nats agree on $140M, 6-year contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled.A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam. Another person familiar with the terms said the contract is for $140 million.The people confirmed the details of the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because nothing had been announced by the team.Corbin's contract would include $10 million in deferred money, one of the people said.Corbin, who has played his entire major league career for the Arizona Diamondbacks, joins a rotation in Washington that already includes three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Corbin was an NL All-Star selection in 2013 and this year; Scherzer has been picked for each of the past six Midsummer Classics; Strasburg has made it three times.The 29-year-old Corbin is coming off his best season in the majors, going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while pitching 200 innings for the second time in his career.He finished fifth in voting for NL Cy Young honors; Scherzer was second as he came up just shy of a third consecutive prize.Corbin was considered the top starter available in an elite free-agent class and became the first player among them to sign a big money, multiyear deal this offseason.Still on the market is right fielder Bryce Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP for the Nationals. Washington made a late-season offer to Harper in a bid to keep him, but that was not accepted.Corbin recently made the rounds of free-agent suitors, including meeting with Nationals owner Mark Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo.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.After going 82-80 and failing to make the playoffs after two NL East titles in a row, Washington has been busy this offseason.In addition to the agreement with Corbin, the Nationals already have added two catchers — Yan Gomes via trade, Kurt Suzuki in free agency — and two back-end-of-the-bullpen relievers — Kyle Barraclough via trade, Trevor Rosenthal in free agency.Because Corbin declined a $17.9 million qualifying offer by Arizona and the Nationals will pay luxury tax this year, Washington would forfeit its second- and fifth-highest picks in next June's amateur draft and lose $1 million in international signing bonus allocation for 2019-20. Arizona would gain an extra pick after the first round as compensation.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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