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Nationals land Patrick Corbin, Yankees looking for alternatives

According to multiple reports, the Washington Nationals have swooped in to sign free agent Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal. Coming into the offseason, the Yankees were viewed as the favorite to land the 29-year-old.

Reports earlier on Tuesday indicated that Corbin planned to sign a contract similar to Yu Darvish‘s six-year, $126 million deal last winter. The Yankees were unwilling to offer six years, causing Corbin to go elsewhere.

The focus is still to solidify the rotation, although the Yankees will be looking for cheaper free agent options now that Corbin is off the table. J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi and Lance Lynn are now among the top targets in terms of free agent starting pitchers. If the Yankees are looking to trade, there are still top-level throwers such as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco available among others.