November 30, 2007
Yankees leaning toward putting Hughes in deal for Santana (Buster Olney, 11/30/07, ESPN The Magazine)
A pivotal sticking point in the Yankees' trade talks with Minnesota about Johan Santana is the question of whether New York will include talented right-hander Phil Hughes in their offer.
And, within the internal discussions in New York's front office, there is a sense that the team is leaning toward putting Hughes in the deal.
"If they put Hughes in the deal," said one person familiar with the talks, "that could get it done for Minnesota."
If Theo can get the Yankees to add Austin Jackson too that would strip the Yanks of their two potentially significant youngsters.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2007 8:49 PM
Looks like a great trade for the Yanks. The story is the third player will be a pitcher, not Jackson or Tabata. Melky, another pitcher (hopefully anybody but Horne), and Hughes for Johan? In a heartbeat.
Btw, the word is the moving force in the deal, and the guy who pushed to include Hughes to get a deal done, was none other than Stick Michael, the architect of the dynasty.
But yeah, if it makes you feel better about the Yanks adding one of the 2 or 3 most dominating lefties in baseball history to think that Hank was behind it, then by all means.
(And of course the disconnect btwn the 2 posts, one advocating the Sawx move the Laptop Thief for Johan, and the other insinuating the Yanks are idiots for trading Hughes for him, is hilarious. Or are you finally coming to terms with the fact the fact that Laptop Thief and Hughes aren't quite in the same league?)
Hughes is the best pitching prospect in baseball. It's not his fault the Yankees don't develop pitchers. Girardi will turn him into Josh Johnson. He'll thrive in MN.
Buchholz is a good major league pitcher now, because that's what the Sox do. His body type is a concern though. He's too tall and skinny to be a durable pitcher. That's why they should trade him, not Lester.
It's also why the Yanks should trade the ill-conditioned, slider-dependent Jaba.
A trade where the Sox keep Ellsbury & Lester or the Yanks give up Hughes and Jackson is good for Boston.
The other pitchers are all marginal, so if they can keep Tabata and Jackson they should.