According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees have started getting offers for right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes with hours to go before the non-waiver deadline at 4:00 pm. That is a change from what was reported a few days ago when Ken Rosenthal reported that the team had yet to field any offers from teams around the league.
It is possible that Ian Kennedy being traded from the Diamondbacks to the Padres within the last hour or so prompted teams seeking pitching to look toward the very available Hughes. Jake Peavy is now off the market and Hughes is likely seen as a better option than another popular trade target, Bud Norris.
The question is whether the Yankees will be able to work something out in the next hour for Hughes to be sent to another team. Trading Hughes wouldn't represent a break from buying, as they have been doing since acquiring Alfonso Soriano, since Hughes is likely to leave New York after the season anyway. With Michael Pineda and David Phelps able to rejoin the rotation fairly soon if needed, the Yankees don't especially need to keep Hughes around.
If the Matt Garza trade to the Rangers is any indication, the Yankees could get a nice return for even a rental of Hughes. The Cubs received one of the Rangers better prospects in Mike Olt in the Garza deal. It is unclear as of now what teams are interested in Hughes.
Do you think a deal can be made before the deadline?
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