WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The six-year, $140 million contract Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals in December is still the biggest free-agent deal signed this offseason.That number will likely be surpassed by one of the prominent free agents looming on the open market, but Corbin's deal will still stand
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The six-year, $140 million contract Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals in December is still the biggest free-agent deal signed this offseason.
That number will likely be surpassed by one of the prominent free agents looming on the open market, but Corbin's deal will still stand as one of the richest handed out this offseason. Deals that size come paired with expectations and pressure, but perhaps Corbin's case is different.
He joins a Nationals team ready to win and a rotation, featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, that figures to be one of the best in baseball. It could help ease the burden on Corbin to not feel like he has to lead the Nationals back to the postseason alone, although manager Dave Martinez's first impression of the new Nats hurler led him to believe that Corbin won't put extra pressure on himself.
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"He's a guy that doesn't think about it that way," Martinez said. "He just wants to come in and help us win games. ... He feels really comfortable. I told him nothing changes. 'You're going to go out there every five days and you're going to compete, just like you always have. That's all we're going to ask you to do.' He's all-in."
Corbin arrived in West Palm Beach more than a week ago, wanting to get comfortable in his new surroundings after spending his entire career with the D-backs. He has spent most of the first week meeting the rest of the team and juggling new names and faces, all while trying to maintain his routine heading into the season.
Even while Corbin threw his first bullpen session in a Nationals uniform on Thursday, Scherzer commanded most of the attention a few mounds down with the spectacle his first bullpen of the spring has become. Corbin had no issue flying under the radar.
"I've always just tried to have a routine and go out there and compete every fifth day, and that's really what I'm focusing on," Corbin said. "It's good that [free agency] is over with and I will be here for six years. So I just need to come in here every day and try to get better and try to win ballgames."
Nats observe moment of silence for Parkland victims
At 10:17 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, the Nationals observed a moment of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, Fla. Before their workout began, players and coaches bowed their heads and removed their caps to honor the victims.
"It's just about showing the community that we care," Martinez said. "I can only imagine what they went through. … We want them to know that we care and we think about that. They lost a lot of innocent kids for one tragic, awful thing that happened. I was proud of the guys for doing what they did. We feel for all the families and the community."
• Martinez said he will not have any players limited due to injury as camp begins, although he will monitor Howie Kendrick, who is coming off a torn Achilles. Kendrick spoke to Martinez over the phone recently and the veteran utilityman said he has been running sprints for months.
• The plan is for Ryan Zimmerman to see the field more in Grapefruit League action this spring, after he spent most of last season preparing for the season on the Minor League fields.
• Will there be camels this year at Nationals camp?
"You might not see any camels," Martinez said. "But that doesn't necessarily mean you aren't going to see any animals."
Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.