Patrick Corbin has ‘no regrets’ about signing with the Nationals in free agency
A partnership between Patrick Corbin and the New York Yankees seemed like destiny this past winter.
Corbin–who was born in Clay, NY and played high school ball in Cicero–was coming off the best season of his career, and the Yankees were in desperate need of starting pitching.
When the Yankees were unwilling to offer more than a four-year deal, however, Corbin elected to sign with the Washington Nationals.
Corbin told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that he has no regrets about his own free agency.
“I really tried to enjoy the whole process,” Corbin said. “Having multiple teams show interest in us and being able to go to those cities was really enjoyable. At the end of the day, it came down to a couple of things. I certainly looked at the rotation that [the Nationals] did have and the players who were here.”
Has he ever thought about what might have been with a Yankee team which certainly needed him in 2019?
“I never second-guessed it,” Corbin said. “I did grow up a Yankees fan. But I love every second of being here and have no regrets at all.”
The 30-year-old left-hander has provided a vital presence in the middle of Washington’s rotation. Corbin went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 10.6 K/9 during the regular season, and he has pitched in a variety of roles during the playoffs.
Corbin started Game 1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and also made relief appearances in Game 3 and Game 5. Corbin pitched a scoreless inning during Game 1 of the World Series, and he is slated to start Game 4 of the series on Saturday.
Yankees fans can only sit back and think about what might have been as Corbin prepares to help the Nationals close out the Houston Astros.