Add the New York Yankees to the growing list of teams interested in Nathan Eovaldi.
The Yankees are “engaged” with the free-agent right-hander as a potential “Plan B” if they’re unable to sign starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported Tuesday.
Corbin remains New York’s “top priority,” per Feinsand, but Eovaldi, J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn reportedly are the team’s next options.
Eovaldi might be the most coveted pitcher of that trio after his strong finish to 2018 with the Boston Red Sox. The 28-year-old posted a 3.33 ERA in 12 regular-season appearances for Boston down the stretch, then allowed just four earned runs in 22 1/3 postseason innings while playing a huge role in the Red Sox’s 2018 World Series run.
The Yankees are familiar with Eovaldi, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in the Bronx.
They’ll have plenty of competition for the fireballer, though: The Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres are among several teams trying to lure Eovaldi away from the Red Sox, who have expressed a strong interest in re-signing their postseason hero.
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