Corbin wanted to be with Nats' Scherzer, Strasburg

Brian Tinsman
January 03, 2019 - 9:52 pm

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The Washington Nationals already had two of the best starting pitchers in the game when they started the offseason. On a team that builds around its strengths, it was a top priority to find a third ace for the rotation.

Enter Patrick Corbin, who had no shortage of suitors this offseason, and took a whirlwind tour when free agency began.

Looking back now, it was the opportunity to pitch alongside guys like Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg that caused him to pick Washington.

"I was fortunate to have multiple teams that were interested in me and all were going to be competitive in the upcoming season and for years to come," Corbin told MLB's SiriusXM Radio. "It was a good opportunity for me this offseason to have these teams interested, and we were able to go visit a bunch of these places and a lot of good people all over.

"D.C., to me, I was just looking at the rotation and the team that they're going to have. I think to be a part of a rotation like that, to pitch with Strasburg and with Scherzer, really excited me."

Corbin had a career year in Arizona last season, earning his second All-Star berth and finishing fifth in the NL Cy Young voting. It was also the second time that he's reached 200 innings, proving that he can be a durable high performer. 

On paper, he provides the team with an upgrade over Gio Gonzalez, who was flipped at the trade deadline. Tanner Roark also departed the team this offseason, giving the team some question marks about the back end of the rotation. The team, however, is clearly being built for a postseason run, where the strength of the top-three starters can tip a series for a team.

"I think it's great to be part of a great rotation. At the stage of the career that I'm in right now, I want to be on the best team that I can be on," he said. "I want to be with guys that are going to go out there and give us the best chance to win.

"I think that's what we have in D.C."


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