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Patrick Corbin threw a real curveball in MLB free agency. The New York native stood true to the rumors of his wanting a six-year deal and got just that when Corbin signed with the Washington Nationals.

After flirting with his hometown Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, Corbin chose to create arguably the best top-three pitchers in any rotation in the majors. Teaming up with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg gives the Nats a scary 1-2-3 combo, and they're all locked up for years to come.

Corbin's move to Washington shouldn't change his fantasy outlook too much. The left-hander, coming off his best season in the bigs, should expect a slight up-tick in wins, but his ERA and WHIP should remain around 3.50 and 1.20, respectively. Plus, his potential for 200 Ks makes him a likely early-to-mid-round pick.

Last year with the Diamondbacks, Corbin went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts.  

With Corbin off the market, teams like the Yankees and Phillies will now look elsewhere to upgrade their rotations.

Both teams surely have a lot of money to spend, and this is just the first free-agent domino of the offseason. Only four more months of this to go.

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