Phillies "in strong position" in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t "be out-bid"

Phillies “in strong position” in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t “be out-bid”

Phillies “in strong position” in Corbin sweepstakes, won’t “be out-bid”

Entering this offseason, the Sox have payroll flexibility and can add some quality free agents to the team.

Happ, 36, was New York's best starter after the Yankees acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays. He had a 3.81 ERA in 22 games last season after missing all of 2017 with Tommy John Surgery. On Tuesday, it was announced that Corbin agreed to sign a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

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.

The Washington Nationals made a decision to remain active, signing top starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to a contract worth $140 million over six years.

Corbin also visited with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees during the process before opting to join a starting staff that includes three-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer and former No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg.

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That said, the residual effects of Corbin signing with the Nationals - not the Yankees - could hurt the Red Sox.

Lance Lynn is another option for the Yankees, though he wasn't almost as good as Happ or Eovaldi in 2018. He pitched to an 11-7 record with a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 33 starts.

This past season for the Houston Astros, the 30-year-old starting pitcher struggled on the mound as he dealt with numerous injuries. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?

I have two free agents and two trade candidates the Phillies front office could turn to after losing the Corbin sweepstakes.

And we haven't even discussed whether the Yankees' failed pursuit of Corbin will result in them going hard after either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, two offensive superstars who would make New York's already daunting lineup even scarier. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel.

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