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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/7/18

Nathan Eovaldi takes his talents back to Boston; Where will the Yankees turn with another free agent pitcher off the board?; Carlos Carrasco signs extension, and raises trade value.

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New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: In case you hadn’t heard, the Yankees missed out on another high-profile free agent. Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, coming off a star-turn for the Red Sox in the playoffs, re-signed with Boston for four years, $68 million. That’s certainly a nice pay-day for a pitcher with multiple Tommy John’s and a limited track record, but Eovaldi has talent, and it was on full display this October. He’ll be competing directly against the Yankees for the foreseeable future. | Mike Rosenstein: With Patrick Corbin and Eovaldi, possibly the top two free agent pitchers this winter, off the board, where will the Yankees turn next? A reunion with J.A. Happ is perhaps the most obvious path. The likes of Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton are also on the table, not to mention trade targets like Corey Kluber and Zack Greinke. | Joe Noga: Elsewhere, Cleveland agreed to an extension with starter Carlos Carrasco. The extension guaranteed the team option Carrasco had for 2020, while tacking on $12 million apiece for 2021 and 2022. The 31-year-old right-hander is now guaranteed an average of $11 million for the next four seasons. I mention this because the Yankees have at least checked in on the trade market for Cleveland’s pitchers, and while Carrasco on a four-year deal is a highly-enticing idea, this extension may very well render Carrasco too difficult for the Yankees to acquire in terms of prospect capital.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Former Yankee superstar Robinson Cano has been on everyone’s mind in recent weeks, so I thought this was an interesting article to consider. Lindbergh examines the general failure of over-30 free agents on long-term deals, and juxtaposes it with Cano’s excellent play over the past five years. It made me wistful, yet again, for the winter of 2013, when the Yankees could have ponied up to keep a Hall of Fame-caliber player in pinstripes, but allowed Cano to leave for the Mariners.