Things may be coming to a head.
So among NYY SP options, 3 very distinct price ranges:— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 18, 2017
Corbin--FA after 2018, costly but not outrageous. D-Backs motivated seller.
Cole--FA after 2019, probably a lot more expensive than Corbin. PIT a motivated seller.
Fulmer--FA after 2022, very expensive, DET must be convinced.
And . . .
The Yankees have been digging into background/scouting on Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin, one of the starting pitching options they've considered. He had a strong second half in 2017; eligible for FA after 2018.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 18, 2017
If the Yankees are really serious about Corbin, the Pirates aren’t in a position to play hardball. If they’re going to insist on Gleyber Torres, they’re probably ruling out a trade. Then again, Corbin isn’t as good a pitcher as Cole and has only the one year of control.
UPDATE: There’s also this article from the NY Post. It seems to confirm that the sticking point is Torres. Beyond that, I’d be cautious drawing any conclusions from it because the NYC media largely serve as mouthpieces for the Yankees.