The Yankees saw the free-agent pitching market get smaller on Thursday, as RHP Nathan Eovaldi re-signed with the Red Sox on a four-year, $67.5 million deal pending a physical. This comes after LHP Patrick Corbin agreed to a lucrative six-year, $140 million deal with the Nationals on Tuesday.
And due to these rotation arms signing back-to-back, another Yankees target in LHP J.A. Happ is seeing his own market intensify, according to SNY's Andy Martino.
The Yankees have had the 36-year-old Happ on their radar after producing stellar outings during the second half with the pinstripes. Happ owned a 7-0 record and 2.69 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP over his 11 starts.
However, he didn't perform well in the Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox, allowing five runs over two innings.
Happ is looking for a three-year deal from whatever team he signs with, but the Yankees don't seem keen on granting his wish. A two-year deal would make more sense considering he would be 38 years old when it expires.
Other than the Yankees, the Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Phillies have Happ on their list.