It must be nice to be free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi right now. It's not like the money NY allocated to pursuing Corbin suddenly vanished into thin air, and the Yankees' backup targets reportedly include two notable names: Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ.
The good news is the Yankees won't be getting Patrick Corbin. Corbin is the latest of a rather long list of new arrivals in Washington that includes catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes and relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal. The 31-year-old had a 4.77 ERA in 156.2 innings with the Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
However, if the Phillies were to sign Happ, he would be a nice fill in as a solid third option in the starting rotation behind ace Aaron Nola and former N.L. Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta.
And then you have Zach Eflin, who has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason, but it appears that he has a higher ceiling than Pivetta or Velasquez.
What it would cost to land Bumgarner in a trade is not clear, but with the team missing out on Corbin - and watching him sign with the division rival Washington Nationals - the pressure is certainly on for the front office to get something done.
Keuchel, 30, might be looking for a nine-figure deal after seeing what Corbin received.
Therefore, if they are hesitant to overpay for an older pitcher, Philly could turn their attention to a former A.L. Cy Young award victor.
Though, one other major question remains here. Both are on that next tier of starting pitchers, and Keuchel has been linked to Cincinnati on a few occasions over the past week. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run. He's posted a sub-3.00 ERA in three of the last five years, including his 2015 Cy Young campaign. The Syracuse native made it no secret he would have liked to pitch for the Yankees, but instead opted for the Nationals, who are giving him $140 million over six years.
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