Aug 15, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) takes a moment before pitching in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Yankees Ditch Hughes?


Now anyone that knows me or anyone that follows baseball knows that Yankee fans rant, and those rants mainly consist of the disapproval of Phil Hughes and how hope distorts reality. The one thing that has come up about Phil Hughes more often than not has been the fact that he does not belong with the Yankee organization or the “illustrious” Yankee Stadium. But is that really the best idea?

If you crank up your imagination picture a world where Phil Hughes had an ERA of 1.40, no I’m not joking, 1.40…

If you remember the last time the Yankees won the World Series, go back to the regular season in 2009 where a young Phil Hughes was pitching out of the bullpen for the Yankees. He went 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 44 games out of the pen for the World Series winning Yankees. He was a vital piece in the series against reigning winners, the Philadelphia Phillies but then Joe Girardi made the biggest mistake of his Yankee managerial career, promoting him to the starting rotation.

I understand that Phil Hughes has had his ups and downs (mainly downs) in his career with his Yankees and it looks as if those woes could be over as manager, Joe Girardi, decided to demote him to the bullpen and bring David Huff up to the rotation. This seemed to mark the end of his Yankee career but in my opinion it may be a smart investment for the Yankees to keep him a small price and bring him out of the pen’.

At this point I expect you to be turning your heads but don’t stop reading just now. The Yankees have been under scrutiny for using Phil Hughes as the fifth starter for the majority of the year but it seems as though that when he pitches, he manages to get a solid three innings of a game while starting quite well too. This makes him the perfect reliever.

With Joba Chamberlin having fallen from the peak of stardom to being another 2013 Jose Valverde, it seems as though the Yankees have two options:

1. Make a splash

2. Re-sign Phil Hughes and use him as a reliever…

With Hal Steinbrenner’s recent frugal demands to bring the cap down to $180 million, it seems as though making a splash is out of the picture before it was a picture so re-signing Phil Hughes is a good idea for long term GM, Brian Cashman.

What makes Hughes the perfect reliever you may ask?

Well Hughes has experience out of the pen where he has dominated and because of his ability to go long innings (his days of starting pitching, well, actually a week ago so not that long ago) he can take the load off some of the more valuable relievers such as Shawn Kelley or Boone Logan.

If the Yankees have not given up entirely on Phil Hughes, then it seems like a good move to go in a sign him up to a small contract and bring him out of the pen for next season.

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