Yankees avoid arbitration with Hughes

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

11 thoughts on “Yankees avoid arbitration with Hughes

  1. I really hope the Yanks give Hughes an opportunity to win the No. 5 spot. I know Garcia earned it, but if Hughes gets it together this year, he answers questions for the Yanks' 2013 and years going forward as well. If Hughes' hard work that he is putting in this offseason pays off, the Yanks will have plenty of quality and depth this year.

    Throwing Hughes in the bullpen creates an abundance for the Yankees in relief options, which is good considering Mo could be retiring this year, but it is easier to fill a relief pitcher than a starting pitcher.

    In any case, the Yanks' trade makes Hughes' future less important to the team's current and long term plans, but it would be nice to give the 25 year old one more go-around, even if it relegates Garcia to spot-starter, which would be sad, and Burnett irrelevant, which every Yankee fan will sign up for.

  2. at what point do the yankees consider trading him? i'd hate to see it happen away from pinstripes, but it wouldn't surprise me if he became the next ian kennedy.

  3. Hughes deserves the rotation spot because of his age and potential. Thinking of a core with C.C, Nova, Pineda and Hughes for the next 5 years is something to get excited about.

  4. I'm thinking the incentives would pertain to starting feats.. not pen. Oh well, he's a much better explosive penhand than a dialed back starter.

  5. Hopefully the Yanks don't keep bending over backwards to keep Burnett in the rotation. At this point it makes a lot more sense to give Hughes the nod and give him a chance to develop more.

  6. I think the spot might really be Burnett's to lose. I think the Yankee's see value in his 190 innings pitched last year and he still has that massive contract and definitely no minor league options left. I don't see how they can get rid of that. I was hoping they would do what the Braves did and eat a large portion of it just to get rid of him but when they said they would only kick in 8 million it just made it appear they weren't serious.