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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/5/18

With Patrick Corbin off the table, Yankees turn their attention to J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, Lance Lynn; Bombers expected to meet with Bryce Harper during Winter Meetings; Randy Levine thinks this team is as good as the Red Sox.

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: If you somehow missed this yesterday, Patrick Corbin opted to sign with the Nationals for six years and $140 million. He passed on the Yankees’ five-year, $100 million offer. Now the Bombers will have to turn their attention elsewhere. Their Plan B is said to involve possible reunions with J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, or Lance Lynn.

New York Post | Justin Terranova: The Yankees could very well use the money they just saved on Corbin by signing Bryce Harper. They are expected to be one of the many teams planning to meet with him in Las Vegas next week during the Winter Meetings. On the other hand, the Corbin non-signing could indicate that they are not going over the luxury tax threshold this season, in which case we’ll get zero fun free agents.

NY Daily News | Mark Fischer: If you were wondering what Yankees President Randy Levine thinks of this Yankees squad, yesterday he said, “I think we’re as good as the Red Sox right now.” While he acknowledged that Boston has a great team that will continue to be great for years to come, he still thinks that the Bombers are currently just as good. Levine also reiterated that pitching is their top offseason priority.