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MLB Rumors: Here's why Yankees didn't sign free agent Nathan Eovaldi

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MLB Rumors: Here's why Yankees didn't sign free agent Nathan Eovaldi

The New York Yankees are in search of another starting pitcher through MLB free agency or the trade market, and Nathan Eovaldi no longer is an option.

Eovaldi has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $67.5 million contract to return to the Boston Red Sox, with whom he played an important role in winning the 2018 World Series.

The Yankees were among the teams interested in signing Eovaldi, but as Fancred's Jon Heyman reports, New York didn't want to give too much contract term to the 28-year-old veteran.

The Bronx Bombers still have plenty of options to improve their rotation. A trade for someone like San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is one avenue to possibly pursue. Another option is bringing back J.A. Happ, as Heyman notes above, or looking at another free-agent starter such as Dallas Keuchel.

The Yankees, at the very least, need to do something else to upgrade a pitching staff that was exposed by the Red Sox in the 2018 American League Division Series. Even after trading for Seattle Mariners starter James Paxton last month, they're still not as talented as the Red Sox, despite what their president claims.

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Red Sox won't use many regulars in early exhibition games

Red Sox won't use many regulars in early exhibition games

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox' lineup for Friday’s spring training opener vs Northeastern is set. Well, most of it anyway.

During his press conference Thursday at JetBlue Park, manager Alex Cora revealed who will be playing.

“Blake [Swihart] is catching, Christian [Vazquez] is DH’ing, [Tzu-Wei] Lin is at short, [Bobby] Dalbec is at third. [Chad] De La Guerra is at second, [Sam] Travis is at first, [Tate] Matheny is playing somewhere in the outfield, and then [Cole] Sturgeon is playing one of the outfield, and then to be determined,” Cora told reporters.

But who’s pitching?

“Pitchers, we got [Mike] Shawaryn, [Darwinzon] Hernandez, [Domingo] Tapia, and [Josh] Taylor,” said Cora. 

As for the regulars, more of them begin making appearances on Sunday.

“I think Nunie [Eduardo Nuñez], [Brock] Holt, [Rafael] Devers, Benny [Andrew Benintendi], they might show up on Sunday most likely,” Cora said. “Mookie [Betts] will be in the split-squad (Wednesday). Mitch [Moreland] might be Sunday, [Steve] Pearce will be in both games actually Monday and Tuesday because he has a house up there, so we’ll make sure the ticket sales go up and he’ll be around. Yeah, I mean little by little we’ll make sure they start getting their at-bats.”

The Red Sox will follow up Friday’s matchup vs Northeastern with a game against the Yankees on Saturday at JetBlue Park. No lineup was revealed for that one, but the pitchers likely will be Carson Smith, Marcus Walden, Travis Lakens, Erasmo Ramirez, and “some hard-thrower from the minor leagues that’s going to shock everybody,” per Cora.

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