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.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.