I wonder what the Yankees would do if the Rockies offered them Aaron Cook in exchange for Philip Hughes.
Both Cook and Wang are extreme ground-ball machines. And, since Wang is doing so well in New York, it would make sense that Cook would do just as well.
Plus, Cook is under contract through 2008 - and cheap.
Would it be worth the potential of Hughes to get a pitcher like Cook, now, who would be another Wang in the rotation this year – and for the two that follow it?
Yes, Hughes can be a potential ace – but, he’s yet to pitch in Triple-A.
Back in the early 1990′s, the O’s had a pitcher in their farm system named Jimmy Haynes. He did great at A-ball, Double-A, and Triple-A. Haynes was picked to be the “next Mike Mussina” by many – he was “can’t miss.”
Guess what? He missed. He missed really bad.
You never know with pitchers – until they prove that they can pitch at the big league level. Plus, there’s the stress factor in New York for Hughes.
Aaron Cook, like “Worm Killer” Wang, has proven that he can pitch in the majors.
Of course, there’s the question of “Why would the Rockies do this?” And, that’s a fair question – maybe they wouldn’t?
Still, it’s an interesting question to me, still – if the Yankees could get a young, cheap, proven starting pitcher today, for a deal including Hughes, what would they do?