Per Andy Martino of SNY, the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are all vying for free agent starter Patrick Corbin, with rivals viewing the Phillies as being in a "strong position" to ultimately sign the two-time All-Star. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season. High quality left-handed starting pitchers are tough to come by, but NY will now have to look elsewhere as they continue attempts to reinforce their pitching staff.
Had the Yankees landed Corbin, they would've added a third prime-aged elite bat-misser to the rotation alongside James Paxton and Luis Severino.
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms with the left-hander, a report confirmed by multiple outlets. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million.
Corbin is coming off a career year in 2018 when he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and struck out 246 in 200 innings.
The off-season's top starting pitcher may be off the market for the Yankees and the rest of baseball, with the Winter Meetings just a week away, expect NY to be involved in the Harper Bazaar as well as anything regarding Manny Machado - they do choose to spend this winter. Some have speculated that Harper and Machado could both fetch deals close to $300 million in total value.
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The Phillies are still favorites to land Harper (if I had to guess), but because the Nationals, one of his primary suitors until now, just became a lot less likely to sign him and the Yankees were "out" on Harper as of this morning, the Cubs' chances - however remote they may be - probably just ticked up a tiny bit. Happ and Eovaldi essentially represent a backup plan.
Last month, the Yankees and Cleveland Indians entered talks about a possible trade involving star pitcher Corey Kluber.
Happ, 36, went a combined 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts for the Blue Jays and Yankees.
The expected contract falls in line with the contract that MLB Trade Rumors proposed he might Corbin might receive this offseason in the Top 50 Free Agents list, which was a six-year, $129 million deal.