After falling short to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, the New York Yankees seek to regroup in free agency from their failed World Series bid.
As for the specific Yankees free agency plans, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has the scoop on who the team is going after next.
Heyman reported on Thursday that the Yankees’ next target is pitcher J.A. Happ, who spent several months with the team last year after being acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays.
The 36-year-old Happ has a career ERA of 3.90 with 1,357 strikeouts and a 109-82 record.
Happ is Yankees’ next pitching target. They didn’t want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2018
Heyman also noted that the Yankees were not interested in giving Nathan Eovaldi a deal longer than three years, which left them out of the running for the Red Sox pitcher. He agreed to terms on a deal with Boston earlier today.
The Yankees spent a king’s ransom last season to acquire NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately, the Yankees could not get their expensive new star to replicate his production from the previous year.
Before the summer trade deadline, the Yankees made multiple moves to improve their pitching staff, acquiring Happ, Zach Britton, and Lance Lynn in various trades.