Phillies Could Target Harper, Machado After Corbin Disappointment, Magic Johnson Denies Approach

Phillies Could Target Harper, Machado After Corbin Disappointment, Magic Johnson Denies Approach

There aren't many really good starters on the free-agent market, and a lot of teams need to improve their pitching.

Per Andy Martino of SNY, the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are all vying for free agent starter Patrick Corbin, with rivals viewing the Phillies as being in a "strong position" to ultimately sign the two-time All-Star. On Tuesday, it was announced that Corbin agreed to sign a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals. High quality left-handed starting pitchers are tough to come by, but NY will now have to look elsewhere as they continue attempts to reinforce their pitching staff. Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove victor, hasn't been as dominant since winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, but he led the AL in starts last season and has turned in a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons. Corbin was an NL All-Star selection in 2013 and this year; Scherzer has been picked for each of the past six Midsummer Classics; Strasburg has made it three times.

However, if the Phillies were to sign Happ, he would be a nice fill in as a solid third option in the starting rotation behind ace Aaron Nola and former N.L. Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta. Entering this offseason, the Sox have payroll flexibility and can add some quality free agents to the team. He missed all of the 2014 season and some of the 2015 season.

Corbin is coming off a career year in 2018 when he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and struck out 246 in 200 innings. Philadelphia is ready to win, and they don't have time to give Suarez 30 starts to learn how to pitch in the big leagues.

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Dallas Keuchel could be a solid option for the Sox to sign.

Want your voice heard? However, they have several alternatives as they are reportedly considering J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi and Lance Lynn because when they could not sign Corbin.

Though, one other major question remains here.

We should begin to know more about Bryce Harper's future as the Winter Meetings approach, but as of now, it is clear that the Nationals will not wait on Harper's decision.

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