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Phil Hughes is in the Best Shape of His Life

Jan 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

Phil Hughes Reuters

Back in November we had our first Best Shape of His Life post of the offseason. It wasn’t a true BSOHL post, just some foreshadowing, as we learned that Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes was going to be in the BSOHL.

But now we have sweet, sweet closure! From Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

The Yankees have sent personnel to see Hughes in California this winter and, while they didn’t ask Hughes to strip down to check out what type of shape he is in, the reports are that he looks “great.”

It’s not total closure yet. That comes when all the reporters get to spring training in a few weeks and talk about how so-and-so “looks great” on a first-hand basis, not via word-of-mouth.  If that happens with Hughes — and it will, because that’s how the Yankees’ press corps rolls — we will have what I think is first-ever BSOHL trifecta.  So yes, I’m excited.

  1. kjt929 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    50 guys r in the best shape of their life who cares now

  2. kopy - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Miguel Cabrera
    Justin Smoak
    Dexter Fowler
    Jaime Garcia
    Miguel Tejada
    Aubrey Huff
    Vicente Padilla
    Carlos Zambrano
    Yonder Alonso
    Carlos Gutierrez
    Mark Teixeira
    Dmitri Young
    Yoenis Cespedes

    Awaiting Confirmation:
    Phil Hughes
    Brett Cecil

    • okobojicat - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      “And the durable Olivo, who says he’s in the best shape of his life after an offseason of working out at his home in Modesto, Calif., doesn’t have an issue with helping a young prodigy learn that craft. ”

      Miguel Olivio, Best Shape of His Life.

      I bet it means his going cylindrical instead of spherical.

    • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Was there ever any doubt? I think he realized last years “lack” of a conditioning program cost him dearly. This year with the added compitition for a starting job he realized well in advance he had to do something. Now let’s all hope (or at least all Yankees fans) that it pays off once spring training and then the regular season starts. We’ll see.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      I really wonder which of our 7 starters WON’T be in the BSOHL. AJ might be and still can’t pitch.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        CC will definitely show up in the LRSOHL. What’s that you say? Why it’s the Largest Round Shape Of His Life, of course. And he manages to pump the beachball a little fuller every season, so he’s perenially Team Captain on the LRSOHL List.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        yankeesfanlen, my friend. I look forward to the day when as Yankees fans AJ will be but a distant memory. BTW, that day can’t come fast enough.

      • aceshigh11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        Cheese Cake Sabathia doesn’t need to be in good shape…the man’s a pitching machine regardless of how big his gut is.

  4. westtribetobe - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Yanks spring training camp is gonna be nuts. CC, Pineda, Nova, Kuroda all on lock, seriously, wtf is gonna happen between $16M AJ, Freddy, and the apparently first-half of 2010 Hughes?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      If all of these guys are still with the Yankees when the season starts, my guess is that Nova spends some time at AAA while they work it out. He is not so much better than the other options to make it worth dropping anyone for no return, thereby sacrificing the teams depth. SP depth is a valuable thing in itself.

      • djpostl - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        lol…wrong. Nova is in the rotation regardless. They can try to move AJ (good luck), would find it easier to move Freddy (don’t know if they will) and can easily move Hughes back into the pen (where he might belong anyways).

      • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        I think Hughes has one option left. If so, he might well be the guy starting in AAA. At this point it’s time to push the issue with him to see if he is ever going to become the they thought he’d be.

        Otherwise it might be Nova just because of his flexibility.

    • basedrum777 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Just a small note: Phil Hughes is 25. If he’s already “not what they expected” then I’m giving up on baseball.

  5. uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    If Hughes gives the Yankees something close to what he gave them the 1st half of the 2010 when he was for the most part lights out. They will park AJ Burnett in a “No Parking Zone” and wait until he gets towed away. Either that or he will get “mop up” duty.

    • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      While parking Burnett might well be in the best interest short term if they do there is no way they can ever trade him no matter how much of his salary they are willing to eat. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Burnett shows just enough in SP to get him his rotation spot.

      He’d have to be pretty bad for them to just let him sit and watch 30+ mil go away.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        I’m not sure letting him sit a good portion of the time or letting him be the 5th man in a rotation is going to make that much difference in his trade value.

        I think and it’s obviously just my opinion that most GM’s pretty much know what they get with AJ. In any case it won’t be long before we find out. See I think the Yankees move him by the tradedeadline regardless if not sooner. They eat what they have to and maybe get something small back in return.

        I think were there is smoke there is fire and there has just been to much talk surrounding AJ and the Yankees interest in moving him.

      • basedrum777 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        If the Yanx paid most of his salary why would a team like the Marlins not take a flyer on Aj?

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