Earlier Tuesday, well before news of Corbin's reported $140-million deal with the Washington Nationals, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that New York was already engaged with Eovaldi, Happ, and Lance Lynn as possible backup options if the team fell short in the Corbin sweepstakes.
All three pitchers have ties to the Yankees. Happ and Lynn both joined the team in deadline deals this past summer, while Eovaldi wore pinstripes from 2015-16.
Happ, an All-Star for the first time in 2018, was excellent for the Yankees down the stretch (2.69 ERA, 1.05 WHIP in 11 starts), and they've already been connected to a reunion with him this winter.
Eovaldi's reportedly garnering interest from an array of teams after his excellent half-season and playoff performance with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Boston and Eovaldi's hometown Houston Astros are said to be the leaders for his services.
Lynn, 31, made 11 appearances and nine starts for New York after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins, posting a 4.14 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with 61 strikeouts over that stretch.