Washington Nationals: Patrick Corbin’s path to D.C.

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 14: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 14: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals Patrick Corbin
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The Breakout

In 2018, Patrick Corbin put his 2013 year to shame by setting career-best marks in games started with 33, ERA at 3.15, FIP at 2.47, an 11.1 K/9, WHIP of 1.050, and WAR at 6.3.

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His efforts garnered a second trip to an All-Star game, coincidentally in his new stomping grounds. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young voting behind his new teammate Max Scherzer, his old rival Kyle Freeland, and his new rivals Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola.

Because of his success, Corbin was a hot commodity on the free agent market this offseason. Mike Rizzo and the Nationals front office quickly capitalized on this opportunity. Corbin and the Nats agreed to six-year, $140 million dollar contract in December.

Corbin will join an already loaded Nationals pitching staff. That is one reason Corbin made the decision to sign with the Nats.

“Just watching [Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg] compete out there, that’s a big thing. It’s going to be fun to learn from these guys. I’m always willing to learn and try to get better,” said Corbin in his introductory press conference.

Next. Looking ahead at the Nats' 2019/20 FAs. dark

At just 29 years of age, there is a lot more of Patrick Corbin’s story to be told. For at least the next six years, the backdrop will be a sea of red, white, and blue in southeast Washington D.C.

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