NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to WFAN and CBS baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Kansas City Royals have emerged as a contender to sign Phil Hughes.
2013 was a difficult year for Hughes, who is unlikely to remain in the Bronx. The right-hander went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 30 appearances and 29 starts for the Yankees.
Hughes’ career record stands at 56-50. He has a lifetime ERA of 4.54. In the past two seasons, Hughes has surrendered a combined total of 59 home runs. These numbers aren’t scaring off a number of interested teams.
Kansas City is hoping that the pull of joining up with former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland could lure Hughes to Kauffman Stadium. Hughes was an All-Star in 2010 under Eiland, who now serves as Royals’ pitching coach.
The 27-year-old was once rated at the Yankees’ number one prospect. A change of scenery could benefit Hughes, as he would be pitching away from the homer-friendly Yankee Stadium. Many baseball experts have speculated that he will eventually sign for a West Coast team.
Should Hughes sign somewhere else, the Yankees would not receive a draft choice as the Bombers did not make a qualifying offer.
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