Patrick Corbin is a Washington citizen and Paul Goldschmidt is a St. Louis cardinal. He was traded for four players and a draft pick. Despite their initial situation, the Yankees were never seriously involved with Goldschmidt this winter. However, here are the latest hot stove sounds as the Yankees switch to Corbin's news.
Eovaldi, Lynn Under Plan B
Now that Corbin is off the board, the Yankees are "engaged" with Nathan Eovaldi and Lance, Lynn as possible rotation options for Plan B, [F] Rand reports . YES. Of course, Happ is also in this group. A week or two ago, we heard that the Yankees were not among the earliest candidates for Eovaldi, but this stuff can change quickly. For what it's worth, Joel Sherman says the Yankees are reluctant to reunite with Eovaldi if it takes four years.
I have said everything I have to say about Eovaldi. Good guy and I hope he gets paid, but I'm a tough pass on a mysterious, two-time Tommy John surgeon who succeeds with maximum effort. Happ is fine and in my opinion no more. To re-sign it would be okay, but oppressive. Lynn? Blah. Yankees had a 4.41 ERA (2.17 FIP) in the Yankees last season – the low FIP is the result of an unsustainably low Homer rate (0.33 HR / 9 and 4.5% HR / FB) – and I think he could fit as a swingman. As a full-time starter though? Not interested.
Yankees Are Interested in Soria
According to Jesse Sanchez the Yankees are among the teams interested in veteran helper Joakim Soria. They are said to want two Savior to replace David Robertson and Zach Britton. Soria is still only 34 years old – I would have thought he is now 37 or 38 years old – and last season he had a 3.12 ERA (2.43 FIP) with an exercise rate of 29.4% in 60 , 2 innings for the White Sox and Brewers. Also in October he still threw fastballs of guys. The stuff stays pretty lively.
Yankees, Brewers Talk to Gray
Add another team to Sonny Gray's rumor mill. Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees spoke to Gray about the Brewers. Morosi also reaffirms Padre's interest in Gray, saying that they are conducting "ongoing talks" with the Yankees. Eleven teams are reportedly present at Sonny, and we know eight of them: Brewers, Padres, Mariners, Athletics, Reds, Braves, Rangers and Twins. There are still three Mystery Teams ™.
I'm surprised that Gray has not been traded yet, but I think it makes sense for the Yankees to cling to him until they get another starter, even though it seems they are beyond the mark because Brian Cashman did not comment on this offseason. Conclusion: If there are really eleven teams in Gray – or even just three or four teams – the Yankees will get a bit of skill for him. No star prospectus or anything, but better than anything you would normally expect for a man who had a bad season like Sonny.