Phil Hughes’ career in pinstripes has been filled with highs and lows, the high being that he won a world series ring in his first season as a Yankee in 2009 and the low being his pitching. Hughes has been an inconsistent pitcher for as long as he has been a Yankee and with the trade deadline approaching, a change of scenery may not be a bad thing for the young pitcher.
The Yankees are in dire need of a third baseman and it would be smart to move Phil Hughes to the Marlins in exchange for Steve Cishek and Placido Polanco. Cishek could provide to be a new face in the Yankees ageing bullpen and Polanco would provide some consistency at the corner infield role.
If the Yankees strikeout in trying to persuade the Marlins to accept the trade trade, they could turn their attention to another NL East team in Philadelphia to try and get a deal done. The Yankees should look to send Hughes to Philly in exchange for another veteran corner infielder in Michael Young. Young has more power than Polanco and has better plate vision. This trade makes sense for both teams as the Phillies would be able to get a pitcher to complete their rotation and the Yankees would be giving someone who has been crippling them all season long.
If both of those deals don’t work out then the Yankees should look to send Phil Hughes, a prospect, and some cash considerations for 1B, Justin Morneau. Morneau would provide stability at 1B and since Lyle Overbay has played 3B before, it is possible for the Yankees to still utilize their surprise of their season at the other corner infield role.
Whatever happens though, Hughes should not be pitching for a team with the Yankees quality even if he has shown small signs of brilliance. The Yankees have been very patient with him and it is time for them to part ways with their young starting pitcher.
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