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Eovaldi, 29 in February, returned from Tommy John surgery with a flourish in 2018, raising his free-agent stock more than perhaps any starting pitcher other than the aforementioned Corbin.

Phillies rumors regarding Patrick Corbin began to swirl late Tuesday afternoon when word of a decision being imminent swept across Twitter. He went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA for the Houston Astros last season, leading the league with 211 hits allowed in 204.2 innings. By promising him a sixth season, the Nationals convinced Corbin to pass on those other clubs and head to the nation's capital.

After a lot of speculation that he was set to sign a six-year deal, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post dropped the bombshell Nats fans were hoping for, reporting that he was set to sign in D.C. pending a physical.

Nightengale also tweeted that Corbin is expected to receive a contract of at least six years and $125 million. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season.

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.

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Happ and Eovaldi are higher risk, though.

So, with the No. 1 starter off the market, where do the Reds turn?

A hometown deal couldn't beat the extra year of security. The Sox need a consistently reliable starting pitcher for next season.

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. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin. Bumgarner has really made a name for himself in the postseason, posting an impressive 2.11 ERA in 16 games, helping the Giants win three World Series.

Ownership could open their wallets and sign a star free agent and find a way to fit said superstar into the lineup, but why waste more money when there are some guys already not earning their pay on the roster?


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