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.
Happ is Yankees’ next pitching target. They didn’t want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2018
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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