Tag: Washington Nationals

Corbin Signs Six-Year, $140M Deal With Nationals

After a vicious bidding war, Patrick Corbin, the market’s top pitcher, finally inked a six-year, $140 Million deal with the Washington Nationals.

Corbin is coming off of a career year in which he pitched to a 3.15 ERA over 200 innings with 246 total strikeouts.

The deal came down between the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals, but neither of the former two teams were willing to meet Corbin’s demand for a sixth year.

This deal is due to set the rate for the rest of the pitching market this offseason, and is the first big domino to fall in what is to be a record breaking free agent signing period.

 

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MLB Free Agent Feature: Dallas Keuchel

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

This time around, we have the most decorated starting pitcher on the market. He is a Cy Young Award winner, a three time gold glover, and a World Series Champion. He is Dallas Keuchel.

Discovering Dallas…

Dallas Keuchel, a southpaw from Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended the University of Arkansas, and, after finishing his career there, was eventually drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB draft.

Keuchel was never expected to amount to anything great. He debuted in 2012, and  spent his first few years of the the majors in mediocrity. However, in 2014, Keuchel broke out vigorously, putting up a 2.93 ERA and a total of five complete games throughout the 2014 season. Keuchel followed this display up with an even better 2015, where he hurled his way to a 2.48 ERA in 33 starts and a league leading 232 innings pitched. This success awarded Keuchel with a Cy Young, as well as the title of ‘Ace’ for the Houston Astros franchise. The Ace did stumble in 2016 however, where he was labored with injury, and could only manage to squeeze out a 4.55 ERA and an alarming 86 ERA+. Then, in what was another injury labored season, Keuchel returned to prior form, posting a 2.90 ERA over only 145.2 innings pitched in 2017. This past year looked promising for Keuchel’s health, and, while he managed to throw a full 204.2 innings, his other numbers certainly weren’t eye-popping.

Who are the Suitors?

Dallas is sure to draw a great deal of interest, even through the injury concerns and signs of regression. The reason? When Kid Keuchy is on, he is ON. In fact, there’s almost no stopping him. When he gets into a groove, he really dominates, and it is this quality that puts him so high up on certain teams’ lists.

There are quite a few clubs that should be inquiring for Keuchel’s services, the forefront of those clubs being the Milwaukee Brewers, the Washington Nationals, and, his former team, the Houston Astros. However, there are also some other teams with outside shots, such as the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, and even the Cincinnati Reds, who are expected to be big players on the starting pitching market this year. As well as these teams, I would go ahead and add in any of the teams that miss on Corbin, seeing as Keuchel would fill a similar role on any staff.

There are many teams that make sense in the Keuchel sweepstakes, but only one team can walk away the winner. Who will it be?

My Prediction: The Milwaukee Brewers, 4 Years, $70 Million

 

MLB Free Agent Feature: Bryce Harper

The long awaited 2018-19 MLB Offseason has finally reared it’s head — feelings of anticipation, excitement, and endless possibility permeate the air. Will your team sign the pieces they need to win their division, their league, or even a championship?

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

Today, we’re taking a look at perhaps the most highly anticipated Free Agent of the entire offseason: Bryce Harper.

Free Agent of the offseason…

Bryce Aron Max Harper, a 26 year-old Nevada native, took the baseball world by storm when he entered the league at just 19 years-old on April 28 of 2012, first appearing with the Nationals, who took him first overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. Harper wasted no time in making a name for himself, slashing a solid .270/.340/.477 with 22 big flies in 139 games. He followed this success up with two more relatively consistent years which each turned out similar numbers — but then 2015 rolled around. Harper exploded in his age 22 season, slashing an incredible .330/.460/.649 while belting 42 long balls and turning in an astonishing 1.109 OPS paired with a 198 OPS+. Harper immediately asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with, flashing his proper talent for all the world to see.

So, what is it exactly that makes Bryce Harper of such high demand? Sure, his numbers have been impressive from time to time, and yes, he’s young with a drive for greatness, but is that all really worth upwards of $30 Million in annual value? In short, yes, but it’s not his numbers in prior years that entice teams so heavily, it’s what they could be in future seasons that make teams go crazy for guys like Bryce. Harper’s ceiling is, arguably, the highest of any player in all of baseball. He has all the tools, and certainly the confidence, to become one of the greatest players to ever grace the diamond, and teams know that. Therefore, you can guarantee that Harper will receive the most demand of any player on the market this winter, I’d put money on that.

Where can Harper land?

Speaking of teams, who all is interested in this Superstar talent? The first two teams that come to mind are the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, both of which have money to spend, and have maintained interest in Harper for a long, long time. Philadelphia certainly has more money, but Saint Louis has more of a winning culture to their name. Another team that will be big players for Harper are the Washington Nationals, his former ball club. According to multiple reports, the Nationals extended Harper an offer following the last game of the season that was in the ballpark of $30 Million per year over 10 years, no opt-outs. Harper, apparently, denied this offer, and the two have yet to resume talks. That being said, it certainly stands to reason that the team will come back with a restructured offer in the near future. Teams with an outside shot on the generational Harper include the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are a bit strapped for cash, the San Francisco Giants, who lack a whole lot more than just a superstar outfielder, and the Chicago White Sox, who are looking to come back from a rebuild in style.

Harper is due to set records this offseason, and it will be extremely interesting to see where his talent winds up.

My Prediction: The Philadelphia Phillies, 11 years, $363 Million.