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Yankees sound ready to dump Phil Hughes from rotation

Aug 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Phil Hughes hasn’t drawn any interest on the trade market and with free agency right around the corner it sounds like the Yankees are just about ready to dump him from the rotation.

Hughes failed to make it out of the fifth inning yesterday against the Blue Jays, falling to 4-13 with a 4.91 ERA on the year and 2-11 with a 5.12 ERA since back-to-back victories in May.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger asked Joe Girardi about Hughes’ status in the rotation and the manager replied: “We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.” McCullough also writes that pitching coach Larry Rothschild “sounded weary discussing the situation” and the unsuccessful efforts he’s made to get Hughes to repeat his delivery consistently.

David Huff or Adam Warren could replace Hughes in the rotation and it’s possible that the Yankees could then shift Hughes back into the bullpen role he filled very well in 2009, but that was a long time and an awful lot of poor starts ago. It’d be pretty shocking to see the Yankees trust Hughes in high-leverage relief spots down the stretch. He’s headed to free agency with his value at an all-time low.

  1. jc4455 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Good buy low opportunity for a team with a big park. He’ll probably want a one year deal as well. Perfect fit for the Giants.

    • theskinsman - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Hughes hasn’t drawn any interest, but lots of hysterical laughter at the idea anyone would give a warm gob of spit for a batting practice caliber pitcher.I take that back, BP pitchers don’t give up as many home runs.

      • badintent - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Oh yeah, foreskin man, he’s up there in HRs with Cy Young Winner R. A. Dickhead that makes 4 X the $$$. Glad you got it all figured out.Thanks

      • theskinsman - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Is Hughes throwing a knuckleball? Didn’t think so.As usual, your total lack of baseball knowledge shines brightly. How’s 4th place taste?

  2. flamethrower101 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    “Sound ready?” What the hell took so long? And don’t give me any of that “But they don’t have any other options in their farm” crap that Sweeny Murti always gives on Twitter. At this point, I think I would do a better job than Hughes in that rotation.

    He had huge success in the pen in ’09, and then Yankees then had to screw that up by plugging him into the rotation. Injuries, poor performance have crippled his value. Getting the hell out of Yankee Stadium will surely help, but by how much is anybody’s guess given his inconsistency.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Whatever happened to the young hotshot pitchers like Betances the Yanks were so hot on 3-4 years ago? Don’t think any have hit the show yet

      • djpostl - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Same theme from this year in general. Injuries. Lots and lots of injuries.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        You’re probably thinking of Banuelos, who missed half of last year with an elbow injury, and had TJ surgery so he’s just now starting a throwing program. Betances was always a project because he couldn’t stop walking people. However, he’s been converted to a reliever and has pitched very well at AAA. He’ll be up when rosters expand in a few days.

      • pisano - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        They’re bums too, Betances was up a couple weeks ago, did good in one inning, and then got the hell beat out of him, and was back in the minors the next day. Another overrated Yankee minor league pitcher.

  3. rickdobrydney - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Phil “spit the bit yet again yet nevertheless looking at a big contract, and that’s what wrong with basebal” Hughes—–

  4. JustMeMike - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    As Manny once said –

    They’re tired of me, I’m tired of them …

    Hughes has the arm and strength to succeed at the major league level. What he seems to lack is heart, and fire. He is so unemotional and laid back. Hey Phil, can you get angry? Ever?

    He also sorely lacks a putaway pitch.

    How many hitters does he get a two strike count on, then fritters it away by trying to get the batter to nibble at something off the plate, then they foul off a few pitches, then it is 3-2, and they’re just waiting for his fastball.

    The Padres released Volquez, so I won’t be shocked if the Yankees just let him walk away. They really can’t trust him, can they? However neither Huff, nor Warren are the answer.

    How about Aaron Harang/

    • flamethrower101 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      The real problem is the Yankees have literally zero answers in the farm system right now. If they did, Hughes would’ve probably been gone a month ago. Yankees aren’t sticking with him this long because they want to. They have to because they have no choice.

      • TheMorningStar - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Yet your GM, Brian Cashman still has a job despite an almost crminal neglect towards the farm system.

      • nbjays - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        They do have a choice, but that choice is named Joba…

      • yankee172 - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        TheMorningStar: They’re in playoff contention for the 150000th year in a row, despite losing Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, A-Rod, Cervelli (I know but he was our best option), probably some others I’m forgetting (oh! Nunez and Nix, both very useful players), for significant portions of the year, PLUS having CC put up career lows in almost every significant category.

        I’d say that’s why he still has a job.

      • djpostl - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        @themorningstar you’re funny. You know, that “stupid funny” kind of thing.

        Despite a rash of injuries to their minor league arms that rivals the rash of them they had at the big league level this year their system still rates out around top ten according to Keith Law, baseball America, Baseball Prospectus etc…, all despite the fact they never do anything but draft in the bottom 5 or so every year for like 2 decades straight.

        Neglected farm system. Cute one Skippy. Cute one.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Why would the Yanks sign Harang to replace Hughes? Replace a bad pitcher with an even worse one? What’s the logic in that?

      • sabatimus - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Change of scenery? Sometimes a fresh start with a new team helps. Other than that, I have no idea.

    • ctony1216 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Hughes lacks the willingness to throw a 2-seam fastball, ideally with some sink to it. His 4-seamer is easy to elevate, and that’s a dangerous thing in Yankee Stadium.

      That one adjustment could make a huge difference in his career, but Hughes is one stubborn dude.

      • djpostl - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        You hit the nail on the head. Dude pitches like a bullpen guy, wants to throw 4-seamer after 4-seamer with a “show me” curve or slider, often nowhere near the zone to entice batters.

        A 2-seamer, splitter or average change-up would have made him into what he was projected to be but he has never shown much interest or ability to throw one.

  5. shanabartels - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I don’t enjoy watching Phil Hughes struggle any more than any other Yankees fan does, but I don’t see how Adam Warren or David Huff could realistically be considered a safer bet for the rotation down the stretch.

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The Orioles have a really big three game set coming up against the Yankees. Can’t we give ole Phil just ONE more shot? Pweaseee!

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    ERA:
    HOME: 5.79
    AWAY: 3.84

    HR ALLOWED
    HOME: 17
    AWAY: 6

    I am sure he could help an NL West team. Sure, he nibbles with 2 strikes, but look at the HR numbers and you start to understand why. Get him a bigger park and I bet he will throw with more confidence.

  8. moe0594 - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    PLEASE send Hughes back to the bullpen….remember 2009??? Hughes is not a starter and he did GREAT in the bullpen!!!

  9. banger60 - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I thought they were going to wait till hell froze over!

  10. sabatimus - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Exactly what took them so long?

  11. eatitfanboy - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I believe they’ve been setting this up for awhile. Huff has been pitching every five days since August 16th. They were getting him in rhythm to take Hughes’ next start. It’s about time. It was getting to the point where I was willing to have them put any warm body other than Phil Hughes on the mound.

  12. tolan04 - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The only park Hughes would pitch well in is Yellowstone and even that’s iffy. Either go to the pen or get out of New York.

  13. pisano - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Gee, ya think? better yet dump him from the team, I know they’ve been trying, but no takers. The Yankees hope someone will sign him as a free agent, and they’ll at least get a draft pick for this bum.

    • jwbiii - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      The Yankees would have to make him a 1/$14M offer to get a draft pick. Do you think he wouldn’t take it?

  14. papazoid - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    wasn’t to long ago the Yankees could have had Roy Halladay for Joba & hughes.

  15. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    yes finally! DUMP HIS STRIPPED ASS!!!!

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