So in the end Brian Cashman held firm. Cashman said he was not going to offer Patrick Corbin more than five years and $100 million. And he stuck to it. So the upstate New York native who grew up a Yankee fan is headed to Washington on a six year, $140 million deal.
It seemed a forgone conclusion that Corbin was coming to New York. Following the trade to acquire James Paxton it looked like he, Corbin and Luis Severino would combine to form a formidable front of the rotation.
But that’s not gonna happen. But that does not mean Cashman has no other options on the table to fix the Bombers biggest problem from a year ago.
Dallas Keuchel– 2018- 12-11, 3.74 ERA, 153 Strikeouts
Keuchel is the next best pitcher on the board with a 3.6 WAR this past season in Houston. While his numbers certainly dipped from his All-Star 2017 season, he was still a solid number 3 starter behind Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Keuchel possesses a career 3.66 ERA, but he has three seasons with a sub-3 ERA in his seven year career, two All-Star nods, and won the Cy Young in a 2015 campaign where he won 20 games. It also never hurts to have a guy with a career 2.45 ERA at Yankee Stadium.
Nathan Eovaldi– 2018- 6-7, 3.81 ERA, 101 Strikeouts
Perhaps a reunion with Nasty Nate is what the Yankees need. Eovaldi had a career renaissance in Tampa and Boston this year, finding his 100 mile per hour velocity and a vicious slider to go with it turned Eovaldi into one of the game’s best pitchers, particularly down the stretch and into the postseason. And don’t forget in 2015 when Eovaldi went 14-3 with 121 strikeouts in his one healthy season in New York.
J.A. Happ– 2018- 17-6, 3.65 ERA, 193 Strikeouts
Happ’s twelfth season in the league was also his best, earning his first All-Star nod, and he proceed to get the save in the All-Star game. The Yankees have also seen Happ’s success first-hand following a mid-season trade with the Blue Jays. Happ went 7-0 in pinstripes with a sterling 2.69 ERA. However, he faltered when the Bomber needed him most in Boston, and will be on the wrong side of 36 come Opening Day.
Charlie Morton– 2018- 15-3, 3.13 ERA, 201 Strikeouts
Morton is another wily veteran coming off his best year of his career, where he finally got his first All-Star bid in year 11. Another free agent of the Houston rotation, Morton turned a middling career around in the Rocket City, with a 3.62 ERA in 2016 to go with his 3.13 this season. His strikeouts have also shot up with the discovery of his breaking ball, with 163 in 2016 and cracking 200 last season. However, like with Happ, Morton has a career 4.23 ERA and will be 35 when the season begins.