This qualifies as a surprise hot stove rumor for the Yankees.

According to long-time MLB insider Peter Gammons, the Yankees will be heavily involved in the race to sign ex-Rays right-handed starter Alex Cobb.

Heading for Thanksgiving, the industry consensus is that the Alex Cobb showdown will come down to Cubs v. Yankees.

You read that right. A Yankees-Cubs battle for Cobb.

While the 30-year-old would certainly be a help for any rotation in the majors, the idea of the Yankees bidding on a starter this offseason is a bit surprising. With Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Luis Severino all slated to be part of the 2018 rotation, 60 percent of a frontline group is complete.