I didn’t think it was possible – until today. If you start to pull together the pieces that are out there now…the recent Twins-Rays trade creating the need for major league ready pitching in Minny if Santana goes now too, the report that the Twins asked for Hughes, and the report that the Red Sox are close to presenting an acceptable offer to the Twins for Santana…I can just see the Yankees, now, saying “If we want this to happen, we have to give up Hughes.”
Even Phil Hughes knows it. From the Daily News today:
“It’s not like you can get a guy like Santana away from the Twins for nothing. It’s nice that other teams think highly of me, but I’m very happy with where I’m at. I’d love to stay,” said Hughes, who went 5-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 13 starts for the Yankees this year. “I would definitely be disappointed, but it’s business.”
“I’ve always had the mind-set of coming up and playing for the Yankees,” Hughes said. “I’d love to stay, but I understand at the same time that it’s a business. There’s not much you can do about it.”
Then again, Phil Hughes did look like something special in the ALDS this October.
If the Yankees trade Hughes for Santana, would it work out (for New York) like the time that the Yankees traded Doug Drabek for Rick Rhoden? Or, will it work out like it did for Boston when the Red Sox traded Carl Pavano for Pedro Martinez?
I don’t think that anyone, for sure, knows the answer. But, what I do know today is that, despite what I thought coming into this day, I think there’s now a strong chance in Yankeeland that Phil Hughes might be a goner.
If true, it will interesting to see the reaction of Yankees fans.