New York Yankees’ Phil Hughes Likely To Be Traded
After hearing Friday’s report in the New York Post that New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes could be put on the trading block, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been suggesting that the Yankees trade him for a long time now, and now it seems that they might actually do it.
Hughes has been the top pitching prospect for the Yankees for many years now, but I think it’s safe to say that he hasn’t turned into the star they thought he would be. He has a bloated 4.80 ERA this season and only three wins. He’s had strong starts, but he’s also had terrible ones and that’s the reason he needs to go; he’s simply too unpredictable to be a reliable starter.
In addition, the Yankees have a surprising amount of pitching depth to replace Hughes should they trade him. Vidal Nuno has proven himself to be a good lefty arm, and Ivan Nova is just two years removed from a 16-4 season. In addition, 24-year-old Michael Pineda should be back from injury shortly, giving the Yankees yet another option.
I think that New York will deal Hughes as soon as possible. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and seems to be asking for more than they’re willing to give him, especially considering his recent performance. I think it would make sense to acquire a bat due to the Yankees’ recent struggles at the plate. Adding another pitcher would be pointless considering all the depth they have at the position.
Whatever the Yankees decide, I doubt that Phil Hughes will be in pinstripes much longer.