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Nats GM says Corbin sign­ing ‘in­de­pen­dent’ of Harper pur­suit

WASHINGTON >> As with most things in­volv­ing the Washington Na­tion­als’ off­sea­son, a day that was sup­posed to be all about in­tro­duc­ing Pa­trick Corbin mor­phed into a day about Bryce Harper.

Washington an­nounced its sixyear con­tract with Corbin, a deal worth $140 mil­lion, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Na­tion­als jer­sey as ro­ta­tion-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Stras­burg looked on from the front row Fri­day. Af­ter the news con­fer­ence, gen­eral man­ager Mike Rizzo was asked a key ques­tion:

How might the big bucks he used to out­bid the New York Yan­kees and Philadel­phia Phillies for Corbin af­fect the pur­suit of Washington’s own big-deal free agent?

“I think they’re in­de­pen­dent of each other. I re­ally do. We’ve gone about this busi­ness of cre­at­ing a ros­ter for 2019, and at the end of the day, we’ll fig­ure out whether that in­cludes ‘Harp’ or not,” Rizzo said.

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