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December 06, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Former Chipola College baseball pitcher Patrick Corbin, has signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals.
Corbin played at Chipola in 2009. He was drafted by the Angels and debuted in the MLB for the Diamondbacks in 2012. He was an All-Star selection in 2018 and 2013 and pitched for the National League in the MLB All-Star game.
The 29-year-old was 11-7 for the Diamondbacks in this, his best season, with a 3.15 ERA. He pitched 200 innings this season for the second time in his career. The lefty set a career high in strikeouts (246) with a devastating slider. Corbin joins a Nationals rotation that already boasts three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and three-time All-Star Stephen Strasburg.
ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurjkan calls Corbin, “The best starting pitcher free agent on the market.”
Corbin was in line to be the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day starter in 2014, coming off an All-Star season in which he went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in his first full season. But he suffered an injury to his throwing arm during a spring training game and had to have Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2014 season and part of 2015, and he went 5-13 with a 5.15 ERA in 2016. He was moved to the bullpen that year.