MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees want team controlled players for Hughes

Jim McIsaac

Phil Hughes is on the trading block, having just recently been described as being "aggressively shopped," but that doesn't mean they'll give him up for just anything. The Yankees want young, team controlled players who they can keep beyond this season.

They feel comfortable demanding this because if they don't like any deal they are offered, the Yankees could tender Hughes a $13.8 million contract for 2014 and if he accepts they would have a relatively cheap one year starter for the middle of the rotation and then could try trading him again. If he declines, they get draft compensation, so no matter what, Brian Cashman feels confident the Yankees can come out on top.

Joel Sherman suggests the Angels, Diamondbacks, and Nationals could all be interested and they could offer Mark Trumbo, Matt Davidson, and Tyler Moore in a potential deal. The only player that really makes sense would be Arizona's Matt Davidson because he would represent an MLB-ready third base prospect who could contribute as soon as he's acquired. Whatever the Yankees end up doing, if they're looking for longterm players, they should be focusing on shortstops and third basemen.

Who do you think the Yankees should target in any potential deal for Hughes?

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