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Yanks Could Move Hughes to Pen



By Frank Russo ~ June 9th, 2011. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

Even before the news of Joba Chamberlain‘s season ending surgery, I was told by my Tampa source the Yankees were considering moving Phil Hughes to the bullpen upon his return. He was successful there in 2009, and there is some uncertainty what they could get out of him in a starting role the rest of the year. Now, with Chamberlain’s injury, it makes even more sense to make such a move.

The Yankees are continuing to scour the trade market. They would love Felix Hernandez, but there is no way Jack Zduriencik will live down trading his ace to the Yankees. This is especially true considering Seattle is competing in the weak AL West. There are some in the organization who wonder if that will change if the Killer B’s become available. That would certainly pose an interesting dilemma for Jack Z.  The same goes for the Dodgers, who are not going to deal Clayton Kershaw or Chad Billingsley, despite their financial problems; although Ted Lilly could become available.

Atlanta would be willing to deal Derek Lowe, but there continues to be no interest on the Yankees side. The one team to watch is the White Sox. Brian Cashman has a great relationship with Kenny Williams, and if Chicago falls out of the race, don’t be surprised if talks heat up for one of the Sox starting pitchers. Edwin Jackson and Mark Buehrle are in the last years of their deal, but the Yankees do have the prospects to at least make Williams consider dealing Gavin Floyd or John Danks.

Ironically, the Giants recently contacted the Yankees about Jesus Montero. Naturally, the Yankees weren’t interested unless a name like Matt Cain came up. Needless to say, it didn’t

As I have said since spring training, the Yankees are looking for pitching. This will continue, especially with the hits the bullpen has taken.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

2 Responses to Yanks Could Move Hughes to Pen

  1. Steve S.

    Frank, given that Colon hasn’t pitched a full season since 2009, Freddy Garcia is their #4, and Ivan Nova is already on shaky ground as their #5, don’t you think it makes more sense to have him return to the rotation? I can’t imagine him not being an upgrade over Nova or Garcia.

    We all know he’ll prepare as a starter, as Cashman reiterated today. But they’d do that no matter what their plans were. If Colon can keep it up, great. But we really won’t know until he does it. Given how new the procedure was that Colon had, no one can say for sure what will happen with him, one way or the other.

  2. Frank Russo

    Steve,

    Girardi said on Fancessa that you “never say never” in regards to Hughes going back to the bullpen. What I am hearing is that they could slide him in there to get some work in and then put him back in the rotation. Every person I have spoken with says that they are going to look until the trade deadline for an ace type pitcher. If they get one, then that would mean either Hughes or Nova, or both could be put in the bullpen, or, they could simply let Garcia go. Still way to early to tell what will happen. Right now, their pressing need is for bullpen help.

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