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Patrick Corbin expected to get six years, at least $125 million

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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.

Cubs shut Brandon Morrow down for remainder of 2019

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Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.

Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.