As is often the case, far too much was made of his hometown (Clay, New York) and the fact he grew up a Yankees fan in a family full of Yankees fans.
Both have their blemishes, Happ is 35 years old and unlikely to make the same impact he did a year ago and Evoladi missed all of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery and has only thrown close to 200 IP once in his career.
Per Andy Martino of SNY, the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are all vying for free agent starter Patrick Corbin, with rivals viewing the Phillies as being in a "strong position" to ultimately sign the two-time All-Star.
The Yankees traded their top pitching prospect earlier this offseason when they acquired pitcher James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners.
NY was reportedly unwilling to offer Corbin a six-year deal, which was a deal breaker for the former Diamondbacks star. That topped the Yankees' offer by a dozen months and $40 million. He was considered the top starter available in an elite free-agent class that includes right fielder Bryce Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP for the Nationals.
"I think that is more indicative of who a guy is and kind of how he plays". "The reality is that the Phillies also finished as runners-up for Corbin".
The New York Yankees tried to sign Corbin, and will now turn their attention to Eovaldi and potentially re-signing J, A. Happ, per Fancred's Jon Heyman.
Lance Lynn is another option for the Yankees, though he wasn't almost as good as Happ or Eovaldi in 2018.
Happ, 36, went a combined 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts for the Blue Jays and Yankees. And don't count out the Yankees swinging a deal for one of the Indians' starters (Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco).
He is under team control through the 2021 season where he'll be making $17.5 million over the next two seasons before making $18 million in the final year of his current deal. He was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Yankees.