No deals are done until the ink is dry — and you can’t put ink to paper until offers are made and accepted — but Bob Nightengale of USA Today is saying that free agent starter Patrick Corbin is expected to receive a six-year deal worth “at least” $125 million.
That’s based on Nightengale’s chatter with executives who, in turn, are likely in on the recent wooing of Corbin. For what it’s worth, that’s also about what Yu Darvish got as last year’s top free agent pitcher, signing a six-year $126 million deal with the Cubs. So, nah, I don’t suppose that’s a terribly unreasonable range.
As for who might sign him, the Phillies, Nationals and Yankees are the teams most frequently mentioned as favorites. The chatter is that Corbin will sign pretty soon, possibly as early as this week.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.