Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money.
Last week Corbin went on a three-city recruiting tour through Philadelphia, Washington, and NY.
Phillies fans were optimistic they could land Corbin after his visit to Citizens Bank Park last week, and they were disappointed when James Paxton was traded to the Yankees, but now they must move on to other options.
With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals.
After missing out on free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, who could the Philadelphia Phillies go after next to bolster their starting rotation?
Happ and Eovaldi essentially represent a backup plan.
The Red Sox are on record that they'd like Eovaldi back, but with NY in the picture, the Red Sox won't get him cheaply. That averages out as $23.3 million per season, which seems to be a fair amount for the best starter in free agency.
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.
Keuchel, 30, might be looking for a nine-figure deal after seeing what Corbin received. He has a career 3.03 ERA in 252 starts.
In the same vein, Happ - the other rumored Plan B - has had his way with the Red Sox in the past (2018 American League Division Series notwithstanding), going 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 career regular-season appearances (20 starts) against Boston.
The top free agent starter could be making his decision in the coming days.
Dallas Keuchel could be a solid option for the Sox to sign.