"He'll get access to all aspects of what we're about ... the brand, our efforts, the people with Aaron Boone and our coaches and myself, and hopefully he'll walk away getting a better feel of who we are".
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. They wanted him, and he and his friends and family made no secret of the fact they wanted a homecoming of sorts.
Fancred's Jon Heyman reported on Monday that the 29-year-old's choice is "expected to come soon". Of course, if there ends up being a bidding war one of these teams could offer him a seventh year and that could be enough to land him. The Nationals have a chance to re-sign Harper and pair Corbin with Max Scherzer in the rotation. Whether the Yankees would be willing to add on another year to their offer remains to be seen, but for their sake let's hope he's fine with just six years for around $130 million.
A hometown deal couldn't beat the extra year of security.
After going 82-80 and failing to make the playoffs after two NL East titles in a row, Washington has been busy this off-season.
Corbin ranked high on the wish list of the Yankees, who have already acquired Mariners left-hander James Paxton and are looking to add another impact starter.
According to Dan Federico on Twitter, Patrick Corbin is rumored to now be deciding between the New York Yankees or the Washington Nationals. Two Tommy John surgeries and a heavy postseason workload have led some teams to "hesitate" pursuing Eovaldi, but he reportedly has at least nine teams interested, throws gas and can pitch in relief and as a starter. It also can't hurt that his family wants him to sign with NY as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently tweeted. Indeed, the other teams in the hunt for Corbin (Yankees and Nationals) are realizing that as well.