UPDATE (Thursday, 2:54 p.m.): The J.A. Happ market is heating up, per SNY’s Andy Martino.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is 0-for-2 in free agency. He swung and missed on left-hander Patrick Corbin, who got a six-year, $140 million contract from the Washington Nationals. He whiffed on right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who returned to the Boston Red Sox with a four-year, $67.5 million contract.
So where does Cashman go from here in his quest to upgrade the starting rotation?
The Yankees want to pair a free-agent pitcher with James Paxton, who Cashman acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.
If he opts to explore another trade, there are several interesting options out there, including Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke and San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
Happ, was traded from the Blue Jays to the Yankees before the non-waiver deadline, with the lefty fresh off his first career selection to the All-Star Game. Happ made 11 regular season starts for the Yankees in 2018, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA.
The 36-year-old Happ is getting ready for his 13th season in the majors.
NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty talked with Cashman in November at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.
Here’s what Cashman had to say about bring back Happ:
“He’s someone — we need pitching and he did a great job for us. Because he’s one of our own, it’s not surprising, have I talked to … his agent? Yes. Whether it leads anywhere, I couldn’t tell you. But since he’s one of our own, he checks obviously all the boxes. So I would think that there would be a lot of interest in him regardless.”