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Marlins showing interest in Phil Hughes

Nov 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the scoop:

The Marlins often like to pursue players who had one bad year after a good one, hoping to get them at a reasonable price. So it’s not surprising they called about Yankees free agent right-hander Phil Hughes, who went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013 after going 16-13 in 2012.

Hughes might find Miami appealing because Marlins Park is the most pitcher-friendly stadium in the major leagues and he’ll have a good opportunity to rebuild his value on a one-year deal. The 27-year-old has also drawn interest this offseason from the Twins, Royals and Mets. He has a 4.54 career ERA, 1.32 career WHIP and 7.6 career K/9 in 780 2/3 major league innings.

  1. sleepyirv - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Phil Hughes is a “get us through the season” guy for bad teams. Even if he puts up some good numbers next season, it would be hard to get something of value for him if he’s on a one-year deal, especially with his uneven history.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Good idea.

    Sign with a team who is going to trade you as soon as you reestablish your value.

  3. schlom - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Marlins Park is not the best pitchers park in the majors – it’s been a tough place to hit HR’s (hardest in 2013, 5th hardest in 2012) but overall it’s been a slight hitters park it’s first two seasons.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Given that Hughes’ problems stem in large part from his extreme fly ball proclivities, moving from NYS to Boondoggle Stadium is about as big a win for him as going from Stewart to McCann was for the Yankees.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Doesn’t matter what team he signs with if he can’t learn a third (out) pitch. Courtesy of RAB:

    Getting Ahead But Not Putting Away
    There is one thing that Hughes does exceptionally well, and that’s get ahead of hitters. He threw a first pitch strike to a whopping 71.7% of batters faced in 2013, the highest rate in all of baseball (min. 100 innings). Patrick Corbin (70.2%) and Cliff Lee (68.5%) were the only other pitchers within four percentage points of Phil. Furthermore, Hughes was second in baseball by going to an 0-2 count on 26.3% of batters faced this summer. Only Lee (28.7%) was better. There’s no denying Phil did an outstanding job of getting ahead in the count and putting himself in a position to succeed.

    However, he rarely took advantage of those opportunities. Hughes’ lack of a legitimate put-away pitch led to foul ball after foul ball and prolonged at-bats, so much so that he ranked 118th in pitches per plate appearance (3.97) out the 145 pitchers to throw at least 100 innings. He was 134th in pitches per inning (17.5). Batters hit a remarkable .281/.290/.409 (177 OPS+) against Phil when he was ahead in the count and a ridiculous .245/.290/.413 (213 OPS+) when he jumped ahead 0-2. The league average following an 0-2 count was .167/.197/.248 this summer. That’s nuts. It’s easy to think Hughes is an out-pitch away from becoming an ace given his ability to get ahead in the count, but you can say that about a whole lot of guys. He’s not anything special in that regard.

    213OPS+ when he reached an 0-2 count. Unbelievable…

    • bigharold - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      “Doesn’t matter what team he signs with if he can’t learn a third (out) pitch.”

      True enough. It was maddening to see him go 0-2 on guys then walk them 6 pitches later. But, it’s legitimate to ask; as that a result of pitching in Yankee stadium? He knew the slightest mistake was likely to end up in the seats. In a stadium where he has a bit more to work with he might be more willing to challenge hitters rather that try to put them away. Hughes has a good fastball out as you point out he doesn’t have a put away pitch. A bigger park will get him a lot more fly ball outs, .. especially to left hand hitters.

      Frankly, if I’m a GM talking to Hughes at all it’s about being a relief pitcher, possibly a closer. When he’s not trying to pace himself and rears back his fastball is much better, .. a put away pitch. More than likely though, Hughes still sees himself as a starter and he’ll garner enough interest to to remain a starter.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Only if Scrooge can somehow put him on the payroll as an “unpaid intern”.

  6. yournuts - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Good luck Phil, thanks for the years you gave the Yankees.

  7. NYTolstoy - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I will say a very respectfull, LOL. That is all.

  8. ndirishfan1 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Hughes could be a very effective pitcher in the right park. Crackerjack box that is the new Yankee Stadium significantly inflated his numbers.

  9. Old Gator - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Let’s not forget that Macondo Banana Massacre Field looks like a”pitcher’s park” statistically because…well, because of who plays there. It wouldn’t look so much like a “pitcher’s park” if the Tiggers or the Beanbags occupied it. The Feesh have some good young arms, which tends to suppress the opponent’s batting average, but on the other hand, they have an offense which has been compared to the Polish cavalry when it took on the panzer divisions during the blitz. And that sorry excuse for an offense plays there all the time. Taken together, you got yourself a pitcher’s park.

    And as I read about the burned-out wreckage of the Feesh front orifice contemplating “building around” the Iron Giant with the likes of Yuniesky Betancourt, well, I guess it’s going to stay a “pitcher’s park” for some time to come.

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