The Nationals hosted Corbin for a visit last week, one that included dinner with general manager Mike Rizzo and managing principal owner Mark Lerner, who made their case.

Corbin grew up in upstate New York as a devout Yankees fan, so many in the industry speculated the Yankees — who also hosted him — had an inside track to sign him.

According to reports, they were unwilling to give Corbin a sixth year on a deal, which led many to believe the free-spending Phillies would sign him. Ultimately, the Nationals seized him, and in so doing checked off another box on their offseason checklist: