Phillies rumors: Four left-handed starters to target this offseason

Sherman Parsons
December 7, 2018

Eovaldi, 29 in February, returned from Tommy John surgery with a flourish in 2018, raising his free-agent stock more than perhaps any starting pitcher other than the aforementioned Corbin.

-The New York Mets introduced second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz during a press conference at Citi Field, one day after completing a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners. He often looked unhittable en route to finishing fifth in the National League Cy Young Award race - going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts over 200 innings (11.1 K/9) - and the Red Sox struggled against lefties at times in 2018 despite winning the World Series. He's a NY native coming off an excellent season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Yankees - always equipped with deep pockets - seemed like a logical fit for the 29-year-old left-hander.

According to Fancred Sports, the deal is expected to be in the six-year, $140 million range.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, the top left-handed pitcher on the free agent market opted to sign with their division rival, the Washington Nationals. However, those two teams reportedly unwilling to go beyond five years.

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Heyman added that NY will now turn its attention to Eovaldi and J.A. Happ.

So, with the No. 1 starter off the market, where do the Reds turn? Strasburg is averaging less than 25 starts per season over the last four years. Instead, they missed out on Corbin over a sixth year - a sixth year beyond the current Collective Bargaining Agreement - after spending the offseason saying they need rotation help. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin.

Ownership could open their wallets and sign a star free agent and find a way to fit said superstar into the lineup, but why waste more money when there are some guys already not earning their pay on the roster?

That rotation already had enough to be considered one of the better groups in baseball prior to the addition of Paxton, but what the Yankees were hoping to get in Corbin was a staff ace.

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