This may not be the only starting pitcher that Mike Rizzo adds this offseason, as he is keen to once again use it as the foundation for a run at the World Series.
The good news is the Yankees won't be getting Patrick Corbin. In 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA.
Phillies fans were optimistic they could land Corbin after his visit to Citizens Bank Park last week, and they were disappointed when James Paxton was traded to the Yankees, but now they must move on to other options.
Corbin inked a six-year deal worth $140 million, similar to the deal Yu Darvish signed with Chicago last year.
Corbin was considered the top starter available in an elite free-agent class and became the first player among them to sign a big-money, multiyear deal this offseason.
Keuchel, Eovaldi and Happ are the consensus top starters remaining on the market, with the possible exception of Japanese southpaw Yusei Kikuchi, who was posted by the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball yesterday. They each had successful second-half campaigns when they were each traded within the AL East, and Eovaldi delivered gutsy performances for the Red Sox throughout the postseason. Now, if the Yankees join the fray, his price tag could soar beyond Boston's comfort level, preventing him from returning to the Red Sox or, at the very least, forcing the defending champs to overexert themselves financially to keep him.
Though, one other major question remains here.
A hometown deal couldn't beat the extra year of security. After not landing Corbin, are the Yanks more likely to re-sign Happ?
-Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Dodgers met with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper in Las Vegas on Monday night. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel.