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Twins expected to make a run at Phil Hughes

Nov 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Phil Hughes AP

The Twins have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $49 million contract with Ricky Nolasco, but they aren’t done attempting to upgrade their starting rotation.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Twins are now likely to turn their attention to free agent right-hander Phil Hughes. George A. King III of the New York Post hears that Hughes is looking for a two-year contract, with the Twins, Angels, Mariners, and Royals among the potential landing spots. The Mets have been mentioned as a possibility, but they aren’t comfortable going beyond one year.

Hughes, 27, is coming off a rough year in which he posted a 5.19 ERA and 121/42 K/BB ratio over 145 2/3 innings. He has been really hurt by the home run ball at Yankee Stadium, so a move to a more pitcher-friendly environment could prove beneficial. Or that’s the hope, anyway.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I really want to make fun of this, and it’d be pretty easy to do….but after Pavano got his crap together in Minnesota, who knows?

    • dan1111 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      For all of his disappointments, Hughes has had two solid seasons out of the last four. Many of his down seasons were marred by injury, and he still has great stuff. I’d say he makes an excellent reclamation project.

  2. jfk69 - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Should read
    The Mets aren’t comfortable spending money. You can never have too much pitching and who is to say Harvey might need two years to fully recover his form. In any event the Mets will put him out there and what happened. If things don’t work out as a starter… Hughes could also help them out in their bullpen

    • 950003cups - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      No chance the Mets fans allow their team to take Yankee castaways. They’ll be livid at the first game he blows. They have enough losers. They don’t need anymore, especially coming from The Evil Empire. As it stands now, you can get infield front row seats to Mets home games for $150. Another bad season, and for $150 they’ll let you play 1st base.

  3. 950003cups - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    It’s ok, I’ll make fun if it for you.

    LOLOLOL!! At first I thought it was a typo that was supposed to read, “Twins expected to make a run FROM Hughes”.
    Well, Twins need not worry. They don’t have to make a run. A simple stroll will be fine. Nobody, but nobody is gonna make “a run” for him unless it’s Brian Cashman, and he’ll probably run over him, with his Cadillac. Looks like someone on the Twins scouting staff will be looking for another job soon. I wonder if they’re dumb enough to sigh Joba too.

  4. aphillieated - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Aww snap, look at the twins making moves..

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      I believe you mean

      “Aww snap, look at the twins making twins moves.”

  5. blynch67 - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    “Twins expected to make a run at Phil Hughes”

    Very low expectations in Minnesota. If Hughes is considered an upgrade, your pitching staff is really lousy.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      It was.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      They have finally learned to exploit imperfections in the market, like Moneyball says.

      “Nobody wants this guy.”
      “Then maybe he’ll sign with us!”

      • historiophiliac - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        They are clearly suckers for pre-Black Friday specials.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Phil Hughes is definitely the 32″ Haier television of the pitching market.

      • klingonj - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        tbuck – the Haier comment is the funniest I’ve seen in a long time

  6. jfk69 - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I have to laugh at the above comments. When I look at Sabbathia’s numbers last year compared to Hughes and the amount he gets. Well the Yanks better hope that he reverts to Hugh’s 18 win season.Or has not started down the Arod decline. Hughes will be fine in the right stadium. Joba needs more rules.
    Two year contract on the cheap for a 27 year old who can pitch out of the bullpen and has dealt with the NY media like a pro. Two year deal incentive based around 16 million even for the Mets should be considered cheap.

  7. asimonetti88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Come home and play for the Angels! Our pitching staff is bad enough, you’ll get plenty of chances to turn it around from last year

  8. braven4evr - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I was hoping the Orioles would make a run at Hughes, guess he isn’t old enough or used up enough

    • Kevin S. - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Terrible fit in that ballpark and division. Hughes probably needs to go NL East or NL West.

  9. drewzducks - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM

  10. pisano - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    All I can say is, “buyer beware” He’s not called Phil (homer) Hughes with affection.

  11. moogro - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Twins will call him an “Ace.” Minnesotans won’t blink.

    • Tim OShenko - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      We never blink, anyhow. Our eyelids are frozen open.

  12. pastabelly - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    He should look for two things: small or medium size market and big size ballpark. He has talent, but the stage may have been a bit too big. Teams should place greater value on pitchers who can handle pressure in playing in big markets. This guy could be a value, but only outside NY, Boston, or Philadelphia.

  13. solidmn - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    To KEVIN A,
    the twins ballpark have up the 7th least amount of HE’s last year. It have up the least of all Mon clubs to right center and right field, which if you know anything about HUGHES is where the far majority if his HR’s given up, get parked. Phil Hughes to Makes makes much more sense than Nolasco

    • Kevin S. - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Uh, I was responding to a person who wanted Hughes in Baltimore. Also, if you can’t type coherently on your smartphone, I suggest you not post from it at all.

      • pisano - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        @ Kevin S…. I second that, for a split second there I thought gotampabay52 was back on board.

  14. xjokerz - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    if you’re going to make an article about a player then trash him for his ERA can you at-least show his splits?

    Hughes at home had a 6.3 ERA
    Hughes on the road had a 3.7 ERA

    hes still young, so obviously getting out of the AL East + Yankee stadium should help make him into a viable 3/4.( Lots of big parks in the al central )

  15. eatitfanboy - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Nolasco and Hughes.

    I expect attendance records to be shattered in Minnesota this season.

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