SAN DIEGO — Jameson Taillon was nearing a deal Tuesday night to join the Cubs on a multiyear contract, sources told The Post.
The right-hander is coming off two tough seasons with the Yankees after battling injuries, including Tommy John surgery — with most of his time with the Pirates.
Despite two good years from Taillon after acquiring him from the Pirates prior to the 2021 season, the Yankees decided not to bring Taillon back, not wanting to enter the market for the 31-year-old.
The Mets had expressed interest in him — even after signing Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86.6 million contract with a third-year option.
Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga remains available and is on the Mets’ radar in the free agent market. Ross Stripling and Chris Bassitt are other options.
Taillon, 31, spent the last two seasons in the Bronx and was outstanding both years.
After posting a 4.30 ERA in 2021, Taillon had a 3.91 ERA last season.
Another highlight is that he threw 144 ¹/₃ and 177 ¹/₃ innings during his two years with the Yankees.
He started Game 1 of the ALCS this fall in a loss to Houston, but the Yankees have Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes and Frankie Montas in the rotation next season and could use Domingo German and Clark Schmidt. depth parts.
The Yankees are also interested in lefty Carlos Rodon.