Corbin, 29, was considered by most to be the top starter available on the free agent market, so it's not necessarily surprising to see him sign early, and his six-year deal isn't particularly far off the expected mark, either (MLB Trade Rumors, for example, projected six years and $129M).
In addition to Corbin, the Phillies have also been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the top two free agents on the market. According to the general consensus, the Yankees, having already picked up James Paxton in trade, were sticking to five years for Corbin and wouldn't budge.
The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal worth more than $126 million, pending a physical, according to multiple reports, including the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. Missing out on Corbin will be a disappointment for Brian Cashman and the rest of the Yankees' front-office.
Corbin, 29, will nearly certainly get the most lucrative contract of any available pitcher. The Yankees won 18 more games than the Nationals last season and finished 20 games ahead of the Phillies in the overall Major League Baseball standings.
NY looked like the favorite to sign Corbin when the offseason began because the pitcher grew up in NY and is from a family of Yankee fans.
I could understand why the Yanks would be hesitant to add in that extra year and if that leads to Corbin signing elsewhere than so be it. The Phillies telling Corbin they won't be out-bid isn't surprising, especially after owner John Middleton's remarks to Nightengale in which he said they expect to be a "little stupid" about how they spend their money. He was one of Boston's World Series heroes after he pitched scoreless innings in Games 1 and 2 and then threw six late innings in a Game 3 that would become the longest game in World Series history. He compiled a 3.15 ERA, a 2.47 FIP, and a 1.050 WHIP.