With Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings getting underway on December 10, the Yankees now have a pocket full of money that could have been used on Corbin and reallocated elsewhere. Eovaldi went 14-3 with NY in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John a year later and missing the entire 2017 season.
The Washington Nationals continue to make a statement of intent this offseason, as they added arguably the market's top starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million.
The Nationals made the first big splash in this year's free agent market, signing the former Arizona lefthander considered the top starting pitcher available.
The Yankees also had interest in Corbin, but reportedly were unwilling to go beyond a five-year offer. That said, there is an expectation that we have and hopefully as a professional that there is a certain way you go about things, and running balls out can certainly play into that. "Those are things that define playing hard a little more to me".
Corbin joins an already pricey rotation that includes both Max Scherzer ($210 million total contract value) and Strasburg ($175 million).
Since the Corbin saga has now been settled - and the Yanks saved quite a bit of money, they can shift their focus to Nathan Eovaldi, J.A. Happ or Lance Lynn, as reported on by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The Phillies did not get Patrick Corbin, but they will still see plenty of him. The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco.
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 global bonus pool money. As for Happ who was traded to the Yankees from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline was superb, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA, striking out 63.