In pursuit of pitching, Nats host free agent Patrick Corbin

Ben Krimmel
November 29, 2018 - 11:39 am
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The Washington Nationals hosted free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin Wednesday, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

In 2018, Corbin posted a 3.15 ERA in 200 innings pitched while tallying 246 strikeouts. The 29-year-old left-hander is coming off his second all-star season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was evasive when asked about the ballclub's pursuit of a starting pitcher like Corbin or Dallas Keuchel during an appearance on Grant & Danny Wednesday

"Well, you never have enough starting pitching," Rizzo said. "Starting pitching is the driver of, you know, winning teams. And, I think it's safe to say that we're certainly going to go down every avenue – free agency, trade-wise – to acquire starting pitching because you can never have enough of it." 

Keuchel, who won the 2015 AL Cy Young with Houston, pitched to a 3.74 ERA in 204 2/3 innings in 2018. 

However, the Nats are not among the favorites to sign Corbin, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

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