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Report: Free agent Phil Hughes seeking more than two years

Nov 30, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting via Twitter that a source close to Phil Hughes laughs at the notion that the Yankee would take a two-year deal. The Twins were reportedly interested in Hughes but Wolfson says he doesn’t see Hughes taking the team’s two-year offer if they do offer.

Hughes was once a top prospect in the Yankees’ Minor League system, but his results have been lacking over his seven-year career. He now owns a career 4.54 ERA in 780.2 innings, including the 5.19 ERA over 145.2 innings he posted in 2013.

While the notion of Hughes seeking at least a three-year deal seems absurd at first glance, remember that the market for starters was helped by the four-year deal Jason Vargas (career 4.30 ERA) received from the Royals last week. Hughes is also still 27 years old and still has the potential to turn his career around.

  1. riklovesballs - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    He has good stuff but Yankee stadium is unkind to fly ball pitchers

  2. cackalackyank - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Vargas deal or no Vargas deal I think anyone that gives Hughes more than a one year deal is, I think, certifiably nuts. Unless of course their home field is an airport. Three years? Phil, don’t you know that stuff is still illegal in most states unless its for medicinal purposes?

  3. Jason Lukehart - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    My take from Wolfson’s other tweets is that Hughes isn’t seeking 3+ years, he’s seeking the best 1-year deal he can get in order to rebuild value and hit the market again in 2014. (I’m sure he’d still take a longer deal if it were for enough money)

  4. voidhelix - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Then he took 2 and $24M. Source journalism`s a collection of blind mice scurrying after the scent of cheese long devoured.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      It was $24 million over 3 years.

    • Cris E - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      You tell ‘em, voidhelix! Boy I wish they had to stand up and face the music like anonymous blog commentors.

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