The Nationals really wanted their man, and the got him. The former Arizona left-handed starter was lured away from playing in the Bronx when Washington upped their offer to a six-year deal. Corbin eventually landed in the nation’s capitol on a 6-year/$140 million deal.
Former Arizona State standout and Tampa Bay Rays prospect, Merrill Kelly has been signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-handed pitcher has spent the last four years in the KBO where he has put together some solid seasons as a starter in a hitter-friendly league. In the KBO, he was a mid-rotation starter, but he also posted elite strikeout numbers and a 480:159 strikeout to walk ratio. The Diamondbacks have signed him for two years and $5.5 million with an additional two team option years. More about the righty can be found here, at our Tampa Bay sister site.
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Our own Jack Sommers sat in on the press call to introduce Arizona’s new potential starter.
Mike Haen is getting ready to conduct business at the winter meetings. He cautions that there is a lot of work that goes into making deals though, especially one for a franchise-defining player.
“I think the first step is trying to get a hold of the 29 other teams and figure out exactly what they’re trying to do. It starts with just trying to figure out who they’re interested in on your team and then you sort of expressing who you have interest in and see if there are fits there.”
The New York Mets are in dire need of MLB-caliber outfielders. One player they have shown interest in is A.J. Pollock. After going out and trading for Robinson Cano, they have indicated they are ready to spend on talent this winter, which bodes well for both Pollock and the Diamondbacks.
Failing to land Patrick Corbin, the Philadelphia Phillies have now set their sights on another left-handed starter, A.J. Happ.
The New York Mets are looking to Miami for a possible solution to their problems behind the dish.