If you’ve watched any of the 90 Yankee games this season, you’ll know that this team has pitching, but not enough hitting. Well according to multiple sources, the Yankees are aggressively looking to deal both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.
In an insider only piece for ESPN, Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are looking to sell “incredibly high” on Hughes, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season. The starter owns a 4.55 ERA this season, but since mid-May he’s posted an ERA in the mid-3’s, and many believe the fly ball pitcher should improve outside of Yankee Stadium. With Hughes’ inconsistencies on the Yankees, it looks less and less likely that he’d receive a qualifying offer this offseason, and he should have more value as a trade chip in a weak starting pitcher market.
Ken Rosenthal added that the Yankees are aggressively pushing Joba Chamberlain as well. This week alone, we’ve heard that both the Braves and Phillies have interest, and the Yankees did scout a Braves game last week. With that said, Rosenthal hears that the Yankees are not close on any deal.