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Yankees reportedly weren't going past 3 years for Nathan Eovaldi

Rob Bradford
December 06, 2018 - 11:25 am

The Red Sox got their man. The Yankees are still looking for theirs.

After the Sox agreed to terms on a four-year, $67.5 million deal for Nathan Eovaldi (pending a physical), it was reported by FanCred's Jon Heyman that the Yankees weren't willing to commit to so many years for their former pitcher.

The Yankees' acquisition of former Seattle ace James Paxton earlier in the offseason allows New York some flexibility. But GM Brian Cashman is clearly looking for more top-of-the-rotation answers, as was evident in their pursuit of Patrick Corbin (who inked a six-year deal with Washington).

As Heyman points out, the most logical target for the Yankees -- assuming they aren't interested in free agent Dallas Keuchel -- is a reunion with JA Happ, who was excellent in his stint with New York last season, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA. Considering Happ is 38 years old, the lefty's price tag should be lower than what the Red Sox are paying Eovaldi.

The Yankees are returning Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia, who signed a one-year deal earier in the offseason.


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