The Yankees are shopping Phil Hughes, but they aren’t just looking to dump him off to anyone willing to take him. Instead they are looking for a right-handed corner outfielder with power and one they can control beyond 2013, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
If they can’t deal him, Sherman said that they will make him a qualifying offer, which is $13.8 million. It sounds risky considering Hughes’ inconsistency and the Yankees desire to lower payroll $189 million. They think he’ll still hit the open market though, netting them a draft pick, and would be willing to keep him on a one-year deal if he did accept.
It seems highly doubtful that the Yankees will be able to get a big time bat that they can pencil into the lineup next year, but Hughes is a desirable pitcher for a lot of teams. The Rockies have expressed interest in Hughes recently and the Tigers are expected to pursue him as a free agent this offseason.
Hughes, 27, has a 4.57 ERA this year, but his 7.7 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 are solid. The fact that he has a a low 29.8 ground ball percentage means teams with bigger ballparks could take a chance on him. He does have a 3.38 ERA on the road this year.
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