Are Phil Hughes's days numbered in the Bronx? All recent rumors seem to confirm his impending departure. Question remains where and for whom?
My bet is the San Diego Padres. Currently, going nowhere fast the Padres have lost 10 of 11 games and in the process of losing another one. Being from Mission Viejo, California, Phil would be returning home. He easily slides into a top spot in this San Diego rotation. He would be a great addition for the Padres. Hughes would pitch most of his games in some of the top pitching stadiums in baseball, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Then throw in the cool air in the desert of Arizona and he becomes deadly. Believe me this fly ball pitcher would thrive on the west coast, with no DH to contend with. This makes a lot of sense for the Padres to take the rest of the year to work out an extension with Phil. Most likely for 4 yrs in the 55 to 60 million dollar range.
For the past two years everyone has speculated on a trade for Chase Headley. Headley becomes expendable because of Jedd Gyorko steady improvement at the major league level. We hear of prospects being offered by several teams but nothing to the Padres liking. Plain and simple they evidently want a controllable #1 or #2 starting pitcher and Phil Hughes fills that need. They would have an inside track to sign, one of the top available pitchers. This is a good jumping off point for the Yankees and Padres to find some common ground on this trade. Throw in Adam Warren or Mark Montgomery and Corban Joseph or David Adams and we may see Headley in Pinstripes soon.
This trade benefits both teams going forwards in 2013 and beyond.