New York Yankees' Phil Hughes Needs The National League

By Ryan Gaydos
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Teams have gotten back in talks for New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes.

After talks simmered down once the All-Star break hit, at least two teams have gotten back into it and expressed interest in him. A potential trade involving Hughes needs to happen for both New York and their player, with Hughes being shipped to the NL.

Hughes has allowed 20 home runs this season after yielding 35 last season. He has not been good since coming back from injury that caused his 2011 season to end abruptly. Hughes had a great 2010 season, going 18-8, but has been going downhill since then. He allows too many home runs at Yankee Stadium, a home run hitters’ park.

A trade to a stadium that does not allow a lot of home runs like San Francisco, Miami or even somewhere in Los Angeles would be great for both teams. Hughes is also in a contract year, which makes him more appealing to teams that are in search of a pitcher.

The Colorado Rockies had interest in him a few weeks ago and pursued a deal with the Yankees. However, nothing came of it and even if it did, a trade to Colorado for a home run-prone pitcher like Hughes does not make sense, considering they play in a high-altitude stadium that is known for the long ball.

New York seems to be inclined to trade Hughes and if it does not happen on Wednesday, it could happen some time in August.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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