Patrick Corbin was the No. 1 starter available on the market this offseason.
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Had the Yankees landed Corbin, they would've added a third prime-aged elite bat-misser to the rotation alongside James Paxton and Luis Severino. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million.
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"While the Yankees are still searching for another starter and two relievers, Corbin's rejection could move the Yankees to become more interested in free-agent infielder Manny Machado, whose admittance of not being "Johnny Hustle" hasn't turned off Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman or Aaron Boone completely". "Those are things that define playing hard a little more to me". The Yankees have reportedly spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco.
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.
Keuchel, Eovaldi and Happ are the consensus top starters remaining on the market, with the possible exception of Japanese southpaw Yusei Kikuchi, who was posted by the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball yesterday. Although these numbers far exceed his career 3.91 ERA, his career 3.65 FIP, and his career 1.285 WHIP, he may have very well finally put everything together during his age-28 season. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees weren't willing to extend beyond five years, and had offered Corbin $100 million. 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.