Last season during Phil Hughes‘s final year of his contract, there were rumblings and rumors about the San Diego Padres being interested in Hughes since the ballpark is pitcher friendly and he could have a better chance of succeeding in the National League. Well put on the brakes because Hughes to SD might not happen.
According to ESPN New York, a source told them that the Padres are re-thinking their decision in signing Hughes after his 4-14, 5.19 ERA season. The source further questioned that if Hughes couldn’t fully commit to New York, then what would be the difference if Hughes signed in San Diego? The source continued to say that the Padres could become interested in Hughes but warned that they are putting the finishing touches on their offseason plans and could pivot away from offering Hughes a deal.
Hughes would be one of the players the Yankees would not get a draft pick for due to their heavy reluctance of offering him a qualifying offer, in fear Hughes would take the $14.1 Million for the 2014 campaign.