June 27, 2006


Prospects Tabbed (Barry Svrluga, 6/27/06, Washington Post)

Nationals scouting director Dana Brown and player personnel director Bob Boone have both seen New York Yankees Class AA affiliate Trenton over the past two weeks, an indication of the Nationals' hope that the Yankees might eventually be willing to deal hard-throwing right-hander Philip Hughes as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Hughes, the youngest player in the Class AA Eastern League at 20, is 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, and some Nationals executives believe he's no worse than a No. 3 starter in the majors, "and he could be a [No.] 1," one executive said.

And, gosh, won't Joe Torre get along great with Jose Guillen?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2006 10:38 AM

You mean Soriano?

Posted by: Matt Cohen at June 27, 2006 11:25 AM

The Mets will give them way more than that for Soriano. The Yanks get Guillen.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 12:13 PM

The Mets will not mortgage the future for Soriano now. With the emergence of Lastings Milledge we don't need another big bat. Mets fans are only talking about getting a starter.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at June 27, 2006 1:35 PM

Yes, they will. It's NY.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 1:39 PM

Only the Sawx are willing to trade top pitching talent (Anibal Sanchez call your agent) for the aged (Lowell) and the infirm (Beckett).

Hughes will be striking out the Sawx in a Yankee uniform beginning, probably, at this point next season, and lasting for the next 15+ years.

Should be fun.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 27, 2006 3:07 PM

Sanchez would be the top prospect in the Yankee system, but couldn't break the Sox top 4 pitchers.

When you can trade a guy like him for an already dominating starter who's just four years older you do it even if you aren't getting a starting 3b too.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 3:13 PM

Shocking ops against . . . gives up 18 homers . . . 4.84 era . . .

(And Hughes is a better prospect than Sanchez, in fact probably better than any other pitcher his age.)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 27, 2006 3:22 PM

He had two bad outings and he's 9-3 on a first place club. He's be the #1 starter on pretty much every team in baseball, especially the Yankees.

Hughes could be the Nationals #1 starter in a couple years, but will be a #3 ion the Brewers.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 3:34 PM