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. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season.
The Yankees were reportedly hesitant to offer Corbin six years, sending him a five-year, $100 million proposal (per Fancred's Jon Heyman) that turned out to be not enough.
According to Dan Federico on Twitter, Patrick Corbin is rumored to now be deciding between the New York Yankees or the Washington Nationals. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million. The Yankees, who were also in pursuit of Corbin, are interested in bringing back Happ so there is competition for his services.
The two top options on the free agent market are good. The. My definition of a player who plays hard, who plays through adversity and is tough and brings things behind the scenes and has the ability to post when it is not easy. Some have speculated that Harper and Machado could both fetch deals close to $300 million in total value.
That rotation already had enough to be considered one of the better groups in baseball prior to the addition of Paxton, but what the Yankees were hoping to get in Corbin was a staff ace.
Replacing Corbin in the favorite role to join the Yankees' rotation is J.A. Happ, whose track record in the AL East is solid.
Happ, 36, went a combined 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts for the Blue Jays and Yankees. The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. Eovaldi went 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA in 51 appearances with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.
Corbin was considered the top free agent pitcher on this year's market and will cost the Nationals their second- and fifth-highest picks in next year's MLB Draft, as well as $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money.