Yankees reportedly “aggressively” shopping Joba, Hughes
The Yankees are “aggressively pushing” trades involving Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, citing an American League executive.
Rosenthal’s source hears that the Yankees are talking about deals involving both players, but that nothing is close.
Both Chamberlain and Hughes are eligible for free agency after the season. In Chamberlain’s case, if the Yankees can make a trade from their bullpen depth to help acquire any sort of offensive improvement, it might make a world of sense for general manager Brian Cashman.
Michael Young sounds like a nice fit, but Rosenthal later tweeted that the Phillies are not one of the teams pursuing Chamberlain.
Chamberlain, as you’ll recall, was unhappy this spring about being slotted into a middle relief role. He’d likely welcome the chance to shine again as a setup man or even a closer — and, if a team is really daring next year, Chamberlain could even go to camp competing to be a starting pitcher. The Yankees won’t touch that argument again.
Hughes is also primed for a big winter payday at the head of an otherwise thin free agent starting pitcher crop — the comparison that has been tossed around quite a bit has been Edwin Jackson’s four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs. The Yankees still have the dual objectives of signing Robinson Cano to a long-term deal and getting their payroll as close to $189 million as possible, so if they accomplish both, there may not be room for a Hughes deal too.
There should be a decent trade market for Hughes, who has been a solid big league starter but seems to have been hurt by his early ace hype — remember Jason Giambi dubbing him “Pocket Rocket,” as in a smaller version of Roger Clemens? With Hughes’ fairly inconsistent track record in New York and well-examined propensity for giving up home runs, it has been suggested that a change of scenery (maybe to a larger National League ballpark) could be in the cards.