WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Call it the bizarre yet obvious accomplishment of this freezing baseball off-season. An All-Star free specialist drew enthusiasm from a few groups. One group came to improve an offer than the others. The player marked, and the entire adventure was over before the winter gatherings.
“I used to be fortunate to have a lot of teams that have been aggressive and wanted to win now — which turned into a thrilling, to have that many groups come after me,” said the participant, Patrick Corbin, now a proud and wealthy member of the Washington Nationals. “It sort of made it a fun system.”
The system has confounded many of his friends, with numerous dozen loose retailers, including many former All-Stars, nevertheless unsigned. however, Corbin, a left-exceeded starter, did simply fine. He joined the Nationals on Dec. 7 for six years and one hundred forty million dollar — a deal more than two times as profitable as the next richest in this winter’s free-agent marketplace: Nathan Eovaldi’s 4-year, sixty eight million dollar contracts to stay with the Boston Red Sox.