NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With a depleted offense, the Yankees are looking to shop starting pitcher Phil Hughes in order to bring some bats into the lineup, according to a report.
“I think he could fetch quite a bit,” a rival executive told CBSSports.com.
The right-hander’s record is a weak 4-8. He has a 4.55 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 28 walks. But clubs with pitching needs could find value in Hughes.
And since he will be a free agent at the end of the season, shopping the 27-year-old could help the Yankees dive under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold for the 2014 season, along with bringing in some offensive help.
The rival executive further went on to say that Hughes could be more effective if he is “out of Yankee Stadium and into a pitcher’s park.”
Trading away Hughes wouldn’t leave the Yankees’ rotation stranded, as rehabbing former All-Star Michael Pineda would most likely take Hughes’ spot. The rotation would be far from deserted without Hughes, with CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Ivan Nova making up the core of the staff.
Generating some offense has to be the Yankees’ first priority. The club was one of the worst hitting teams in the American League in June. Spanning the month, the so-called “Bombers” were last in runs, RBIs and home runs, and second-to-last in hits.
The Yanks could also trade reliever Joba Chamberlain for some offensive production. The reliever has been less than spectacular, posting a 5.75 ERA in 22 appearances.
“I’m sure they’d like to show him the door,” a separate rival executive told CBSSports.com
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