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Why a strong season could be Hughes' last in the Bronx

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08:13 AM ET 12.27 | Few teams will shed tears for the Yankees and a new economic reality, but it is likely to affect the franchise's ability to score runs. But to be among the best in the majors and provide greater protection against the fragility atop the rotation and the regression of the offense, the Yankees need this irony: Phil Hughes to pitch so well in 2013 that he prices himself off the team in 2014. Hughes is a free agent after next year and this offseason has accentuated that teams will move heaven, earth, top prospects and huge paydays for starting pitching. ... Remember that next offseason is when the Yankees are pledging to drop under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. So will they be able to sign Hughes long term?

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December 27, 2012  08:41 AM ET

The way these teams are throwing money around if he is a 500 or above pitcher he can get 12 to 15 million a year from another team in 14.

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December 27, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Maybe Jeter will take a pay cut in 2014 to help the Yankees get under $189 million luxury tax threshold................... HA.

December 27, 2012  09:13 AM ET

This is such a stupid article. Hey Phil - word is you're supposed to suk to assure yourself a place in the Bronx in 2014.

If he pitches well, he will get his market value. If he suks, he will get his market value. And the Yankees are going to try to get under the $189 million lux tax threshold. It is what it is.

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December 27, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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The way these teams are throwing money around if he is a 500 or above pitcher he can get 12 to 15 million a year from another team in 14.

You got that right.

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December 27, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I hope he pitches great and was impressed with his return last year. But really, he has had arm problems and is a home run derby machine and a two pitch pitcher to boot. Not sure I want the Yankees giving him one of those five year mega deals either.

December 27, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Right now in the June draft the Yankees are looking at three picks between the number 28 and 35 picks in the June draft.
Plus, they still have their own second round pick.
If Hughes can have a decent year (17-10, 3.50 ERA?) and they then package Hughes (he is at best a number 3, and probably a 4, in the rotation, and, I am being exceedingly generous in that designation) for some more first and/or second round picks then they could be in line for another decent draft next June.
The bottom line is if Hughes has a decent year then he will command a larger contract than what he is, in reality, capable of accomplishing, in my opinion. And, if he has a so-so or worse year then he is not worth keeping. Either way he will probalby be gone by the end of the 2013 off-season.
Now I am not privvy to exactly what talent is out there and early draft picks do not always mean successful future MLB players but it would be a restocking of what some call a depleted, or at best an undeveloped, minor league/prospects system.
Combine this with possibly moving Granderson befoer ethe seaason starts (yeah, I know, what are they gonna get for a one year rental) and, then, not being over zealous (greedy) about getting back "fair exchange value" but "settling" for a player and more draft June 2013 picks then the Yankees could in one fell swoop reduce their financial commitment for 2014 and restock their farm sytem.

December 27, 2012  09:58 AM ET

So Hughes will finally pitch well only for the chance to cash in?

I'm not too worried.

December 27, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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So Hughes will finally pitch well only for the chance to cash in?I'm not too worried.

I'm with you. I've never understood the hype. It's a real head-scratcher to me.

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December 27, 2012  11:43 AM ET
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Some of the greatest starting pitchers only had 2 pitches. Of course Koufax, Gooden, Ryan, and J.R. Richard had two GREAT pitches.

Good one. But honestly, do I really want the Yankees to lock in to him for five years and &70 million if he has some hot year? He will always be a risk.

December 27, 2012  12:02 PM ET
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This year will be an odd (2013) one for Hughes. That means he will be down...which means he'll be gone.

the yankees can't make any mega-deals any more, but they likely sign players to a one year deal!! anybody would take a year deal fron the bronx??

December 27, 2012  12:04 PM ET

hughes would continue doing his job, should yankees ignore him by the end of the season?? there will be a always another open door!!!

December 27, 2012  12:05 PM ET

I would like to see more Joba articles.

 
December 27, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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I would like to see more Joba articles.

I would like to see Joba worthy of some arcticles, again.

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