Yankees Turn To J.A. Happ And Nathan Eovaldi Following Corbin Miss

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Like Stephen Strasburg, Corbin had Tommy John surgery earlier in his career, missing the entire 2014 season. $140 million contract the left-hander received, forcing them to move on to cheaper options.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that Happ will now become a primary focus for the Phils, while Fancred's Jon Heyman tweets that Philadelphia "will consider" Dallas Keuchel. The timing was hard, as he was coming off of a breakout All-Star season in which he posted a 3.41 ERA with strong peripherals.

Heyman added that NY will now turn its attention to Eovaldi and J.A. Happ. The Phillies definitely have the money to swing a Corbin deal, and the Nationals are always lying in the weeds.

The Yankees also had interest in Corbin, but reportedly were unwilling to go beyond a five-year offer. Eovaldi made 10 starts for the Rays before being acquired by the Red Sox. Going by those now well-recited comments, fans could expect the Phillies could keep pursuing Corbin as well as free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, in addition to possibly more players. And recorded an ERA of 2.48, which helped him win the AL Cy Young in 2015, you know that he is capable of leading a starting rotation and worth top dollar.

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After two lackluster seasons in 2016 and 2017, Corbin finally rebounded this past season to go 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They also could look to trade with Cleveland, for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. The San Francisco Giants are reportedly willing to trade Madison Bumgarner for the right price.

Now, the good news for the Yankees is that their rotation already gained an excellent starter in James Paxton just last week, tossing him into a starting pitching group that consists of Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray (assuming he remains on this roster).

J.A. Happ #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Texas Rangers during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 9, 2018 in New York City.