Most players will tell you they don’t pay attention to offseason baseball news. Phil Hughes couldn’t help himself this winter.
As free agent starting pitchers began to come off the board, Hughes took note of the deals being handed out.
Edwin Jackson, a 29-year-old with a 70-71 career record and a 4.40 ERA, got four years and $52 million from the Cubs. Anibal Sanchez, who turns 29 later this month, parlayed a 48-51 record and 3.75 ERA into a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.
Hughes, who is 52-36 with a 4.39 ERA, turns 27 in June. If this kind of money is being thrown at sub-.500 29-year-olds, what will be waiting for Hughes next winter?
“Obviously starting pitching — even starting pitching that some people would say is not top-tier — gets paid pretty well,” the Yankee righthander said Thursday. “It’s hard to ignore it, especially guys you might have some similarities with, what they’re getting. I don’t think about it all that much, but I'm sure my agent is taking note of it.”
A big season would thrust Hughes toward the top of the list of available pitchers. With the Yankees looking to lower their payroll beneath the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, is it possible that Hughes could price himself out of New York?
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Hughes hoping to make bank with Yanks
New York Daily News | Feb 15