Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Phillies MLB trade rumors: Latest on JA Happ, Dallas Keuchel

Phillies MLB trade rumors: Latest on JA Happ, Dallas Keuchel

The Yankees have missed out on the best free agent pitcher on the market.

Along with the Phillies, the New York Mets have expressed interest in Happ, while the Yankees still have a shot to re-sign him.

Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Like Stephen Strasburg, Corbin had Tommy John surgery earlier in his career, missing the entire 2014 season.

With the Winter Meetings coming next week and numerous offseason milestones behind us, the free agent logjam was destined to break at any second, and perhaps it just has: Patrick Corbin is reportedly signing with the Washington Nationals.

The White Sox were reportedly interested in then-free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin at the start of this offseason.

Happ and Eovaldi both began the 2018 season with one AL East team and finished it with another contender in the division. It's not like the money NY allocated to pursuing Corbin suddenly vanished into thin air, and the Yankees' backup targets reportedly include two notable names: Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ.

Ranger Suarez isn't, and may not ever be, ready to be a guy who can take the ball every five days and turn out quality starts.

This past season for the Houston Astros, the 30-year-old starting pitcher struggled on the mound as he dealt with numerous injuries. He went 23-11 with an ERA over 4.00 in 48 starts. The Sox could likely sign Keuchel for lower than what the Nationals will give to Corbin. He had a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and impressed during Boston's postseason run. While the deal does not necessarily preclude the team re-signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, the Nationals have now devoted a significant portion of their payroll elsewhere, especially if they plan to try to get back below the luxury tax line for the 2019 season. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Monday that the Phillies will consider Dallas Keuchel.

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