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Hughes: “I’m doing everything I can”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Facing a group of low-level minor leaguers this afternoon, Phil Hughes was exactly what the Yankees have come to expect this spring. His fastball sat at 91-92 mph, reaching 93 several times and topping out at 94. He was able to make adjustments after a two-run third inning, his curveball was a swing-and-miss pitch, one scout who watched him was impressed with his changeup.

“It’s come a long way,” the scout said.

All told, Hughes went six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits — both runs and half of the hits came in that shakey third inning — while walking none and striking out four.

“Whatever direction they want to go in, it’s their call,” Hughes said. “I feel like right now, I’m doing everything I can to make that decision as hard as possible. That’s all I really wanted to do.”

Larry Rothschild said Hughes came into this start wanting to work on his curveball and his changeup to right-handers. Rothschild was happy with both and said Hughes has improved with every start.

“He’s done everything we asked him to do as far as the offseason coming in and continuing to work, and work on the things he needed to,” Rothschild said. “In that aspect, he did what we wanted him to do. … I think as far as setting things up the way he wanted to, he’s done a good job of that.”

Of course, the Yankees aren’t ready to make a rotation decision just yet. Rothschild said he’s trying to keep himself from making any sort of judgment at this point. He’s focused on getting his pitchers ready, and as of right now, he has no “top five list” in his head.

“Believe it or not, I don’t,” Rothschild said. “Really, for me, I try to leave it all open and not think about the different things until we get to the point where we’re going to make the decision. I need to start looking at the other stuff now and how it fits together and things like that, but really, at least for my train of thought, it’s better to leave that stuff aside and just look at what we need to do and what guys need to do to get better to that, at the end, you can evaluate them better.”

Hughes on whether pitching against minor leaguers was significantly different than facing big leaguers: “Early on, I was getting hurt on mistakes, so there was no difference there. When I made good pitches, I got good results. It wasn’t anything entirely different. (At times) I wasn’t making a bunch of good pitches and they were fighting them off and having good at-bats, so I don’t think it was any different.”

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138 Responses to “Hughes: “I’m doing everything I can””

  1. jacksquat March 26th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    What a quandry. Who’s word should I trust? Jacksquat, who doesn’t know or Larry Rothschild, who does know jack squat.

    Pete Caldera ? @pcaldera

    Phil Hughes felt good about 6 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4K vs. Class A Phillies. Rothschild: ‘He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do’ this spring.

    Back to being an ass again?

    Trust what, my statement that Hughes should be able to handle high A hitters? You disagree?

    And I made that comment in the second or third inning. I didn’t say he was done.

    However I would have liked to have seen the number of hits, hr given up and the fact that Cervelli accounted for at least 2 outs by throwing out baserunners not excluded.

    I’m not anti-Hughes, but I’m not a Hughes apologist like some on this board either.

    Hughes on whether pitching against minor leaguers was significantly different than facing big leaguers: “Early on, I was getting hurt on mistakes, so there was no difference there. When I made good pitches, I got good results. It wasn’t anything entirely different. (At times) I wasn’t making a bunch of good pitches and they were fighting them off and having good at-bats, so I don’t think it was any different.”

    Well then, they should bring those phillie prospects up to the majors right now.

  2. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Sounds like another fine start.

    As long as he’s making progress on his curve and change and his arm is healthy, who cares what #s he put up against the minor leaguers? He shouldn’t be penalized for having a bad game, if he eventually has one, this late in the game because Phil has had a terrific spring.

  3. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    If Phil isn’t the #5 starter at this point, I’d be shocked………but they’re not about to hand him anything just yet.

  4. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m guessing that NYY will get everybody about 2 more starts in the remaining games and in Minor League games to keep things rolling along.

    Chad, do you have any sort of a “box score” on the Yankee hitters from today, or notes on the Yankee hitters results?

  5. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Betsy

    Don’t you think these starts later in Spring should be weighted more heavily because Hughes now has to go through the lineup multiple times and the hitters are getting close to game ready?

    They should at least be weighted equal. If Hughes or any other pitcher gets the benefit of earlier good starts he should be penalized for current poor starts as well.

  6. RadioKev March 26th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Sounds like The Phillies A starters are better than the big league team.

  7. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    jacksquat March 26th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Back to being an ass again?

    Trust what, my statement that Hughes should be able to handle high A hitters? You disagree?

    And I made that comment in the second or third inning. I didn’t say he was done.

    However I would have liked to have seen the number of hits, hr given up and the fact that Cervelli accounted for at least 2 outs by throwing out baserunners not excluded.

    I’m not anti-Hughes, but I’m not a Hughes apologist like some on this board either.

    Hughes on whether pitching against minor leaguers was significantly different than facing big leaguers: “Early on, I was getting hurt on mistakes, so there was no difference there. When I made good pitches, I got good results. It wasn’t anything entirely different. (At times) I wasn’t making a bunch of good pitches and they were fighting them off and having good at-bats, so I don’t think it was any different.”

    Well then, they should bring those phillie prospects up to the majors right now.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    When you come up with some hogwash like this, somebody’s going to bring it to your attention. Last year, Garcia went to AAA and gave up about 8 runs and walked 8. Not exactly crusing in that game. Pettitte wasn’t great in one of his rehab starts and a lot of Yankee hitters have looked pretty bad trying to hit minor league pitchers. Jeter and Rodriguez among them.

  8. ron March 26th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    6 hits,and no walks in 6 innings pitched,is a whip of 1.0.

    I’m ok with that,regardless of who it was against.
    He still has probably the best era,whip,baa out of all the starters that are fighting for the 5 man.

    Hughes just needs to keep at it with the changeup,and curve.
    I hope he does not ditch the changeup because he feels his fb,and curve are back.
    The changeup,and pitch selection will make his other pitches better.

  9. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Magglio Ordonez is close to announcing his retirement. He was a fine hitter until the shoulder and knees left.

  10. stuckey March 26th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Magglio Ordonez is close to announcing his retirement. He was a fine hitter until the shoulder and knees left.

    ________________________

    He could still outhit Ibanez….

    [just beating someone to the punch]

  11. ron March 26th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hughes also got hit in the 3rd inning,then settled down.
    I’d be more concerned if he got hurt late,after going through the order multiple times.

    Not the case here.

    “Facing a group of low-level minor leaguers this afternoon, Phil Hughes was exactly what the Yankees have come to expect this spring. His fastball sat at 91-92 mph, reaching 93 several times and topping out at 94. He was able to make adjustments after a two-run third inning, his curveball was a swing-and-miss pitch, one scout who watched him was impressed with his changeup”.

    “It’s come a long way,” the scout said.

    “All told, Hughes went six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits — both runs and half of the hits came in that shakey third inning — while walking none and striking out four”.

  12. Villa Nova-Ya March 26th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Yankeefeminista -

    I haven’t gotten to SI. I’d prefer to go during the day to avoid as much traffic as possible, and darned if other obligations didn’t interfere everytime I planned a trip. I am going to get there this season come heck or high water, though. Just for the ballpark factor if nothing else, maybe I can talk friends into making it an outing.

    I can’t get out to Lehigh because we’ll be out of town when they’re there.

    Brooklyn is a turnpike, two bridges, the SI Expressway and the Belt away. LOL But I’ve passed it and it looks like a great setting. And as you say, I think the Mets are not deserving of our minor league patronage right now!

  13. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    “He’s done everything we asked him to do…”

    ——————————————

    I think you can pencil him in.

    Freddy’s case is interesting. If he’s here he’s in and I think he wil be here until Andy is good and ready.

    Nova Vs Pineda for the last spot and at this point Pineda probably has a slight edge.

  14. Duh Innings March 26th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Hughes turns 26 on June 24 and has one more year under contract with the Yanks after this one. The Yanks have invested alot of time, faith, and money in him. If you have him start the season in the bullpen, it will be his first time in the bullpen as a full-time reliever (not a starter put there cuz there’s no room for him in the rotation) since 2009 and you risk him getting injured from it. If he gets injured, Garcia takes over, someone is called up, the callup is sent back to AAA if/when Hughes returns, and Garcia goes back to the pen then is kept, traded, or released depending on how he does back there and what the Yanks may need (hence the trade option.) Forget his remaining option (if he has one, I read somewhere he had one) as a demotion to AAA would be absolutely devastating and his trade value would be greatly diminished as who’d give anything for a guy who couldn’t win the fifth starter job from a guy a decade or so older than him who most thought would even be a Yankee this year let alone last or all of last?

    Garcia turns 36 on October 6 and is in his walk year. If you have him start the season in the bullpen and he gets hurt, Hughes would have to go back to the rotation and be put at risk for injury if he did. This means the Yanks could lose both Garcia and Hughes just for one more year of Garcia which isn’t 100% guaranteed to be a full one or a full, productive one as who the hell thought he’d post 3.62 ERA in 25 starts for the 2011 Yanks? I mean Garcia has been a good pitcher for the most part but I never, ever expected him to pitch 1.02 runs on his ERA better than his 2010 (4.64 with the 2010 Chi-Sox to 3.62 with the 2011 Yanks.)

    HUGHES WINS. And anyone with a brain would agree. Too bad if Garcia doesn’t like it and if he doesn’t like it, he can request a trade and the Yanks will trade him if it makes sense.

    Sabathia/Kuroda/Pineda, Hughes, Nova in whatever order, Garcia in the pen and immediately back in the rotation if someone gets injured or whoever among the 3/4/5 sucks that badly.

  15. Nick in SF March 26th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    LGY, is your bet with Pat M graded No Action if Freddy and Phil are both in the starting five?

    If so, I think one of you should send at least one Ritter Sport to the other based on which pitch starts a game first.

  16. Duh Innings March 26th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Correction: If Garcia starts the season in the rotation and gets hurt, Hughes would have to go back to the rotation from the bullpen and be put at risk of injury from the move.

  17. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Nick

    I would assume so. I’m not sure about the who starts first idea as it may just be a scheduling thing.

    We also have a Nick Swisher/Vernon Wells bet so someone will end up with some Ritters by the end of the season.

  18. Nick in SF March 26th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I really want to bet someone something. Um… does anyone think the Orioles will finish ahead of the Red Sox????

  19. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    “… does anyone think the Orioles will finish ahead of the Red Sox????”

    What year?

  20. Nick in SF March 26th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    We could make it interesting and say the year after Buck leaves, but I’m thinking 2012. Maybe I’ll spot the O’s ten games. Or… 9.5.

  21. Chad Jennings March 26th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 4:50 pm e
    I’m guessing that NYY will get everybody about 2 more starts in the remaining games and in Minor League games to keep things rolling along.

    Chad, do you have any sort of a “box score” on the Yankee hitters from today, or notes on the Yankee hitters results?

    No, I wasn’t keeping anything remotely like that this time. Used to when I was covering games out there, but this time I was trying to focus on Phil while spending the rest of the time talking to some of the scouts and other guys out there. I was trying to watch some of the Charleston game too. Ton of talent on that roster.

  22. Crawdaddy March 26th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Speaking of the Charleston game, I see Santana played in that game so much for K. Law saying he would miss most of this season.

  23. ron March 26th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Chad;
    Do you think hughes makes the rotation?

  24. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The pressure is on for andy Pettitte to pitch well this year. With Jamie Moyer pitching well so far, the kid can’t allow the old geezer to outpitch him.

  25. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    LGY, not particularly – Phil isn’t allowed a bad outing? It’s not like today was bad anyway. ST means nothing. He’s done all he could do. If he’s not going to be the 5th starter, then trade him.

  26. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for the reply, Chad. It’s about time Charleston got pitching defense and offense at the same time. I’m not willing to call it a cakewalk just yet, though.

  27. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    No real surprise, but Yanks have released Preston Mattingly.

  28. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    All anyone can ask for is an opportunity.

  29. ron March 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Betsy;
    2 runs,no walks,in 6 innings will get you a win 9 out of 10 times.Maybe 10 out of 10 times with the yankees.
    The great thing is,it looks like his control,and command are great,and his fb,curve are back,and his changeup has come a long way.

    Don’t count hughes out.
    I think he is going to suprise a lot of people this year,and girardi & co are going to feel the same way,and give him a rotation spot.

    Let’s see how well the rest pitch their last few times out,hughes also.
    If nova get’s lit up his last time out,and hughes pitches a gem,no way nova takes hughes spot.

    It will be between nova,and garcia.Maybe between nova,garcia,pineda,but i doubt pineda goes down.

  30. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Betsy

    I’m just saying you can’t throw out this final two weeks of ST. Girardi is waiting until April 4th to make a decision for a reason. Hughes has to continue to pitch well and look strong. IMO these final couple starts are the most important for all the starters involved in this competition.

    They increasingly resemble real game conditions.

  31. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Ron, I really like the no walks. I know he was just facing babies, but still……ok, he wasn’t his sharpest, but I think he’s met the challenge facing him very well over all. It’s really out of his hands now.

  32. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    If the Yankees were intent on trading Hughes (not that I think they should), it still makes sense to put him in the rotation even if you don’t think he is one of the five best starters. This has to be viewed as both rotation construction and asset management.

  33. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    LGY, we’re talking about Freddy and Phil – no one else, IMO. Going with Freddy, as much as I love him, makes no sense. I also think Girardi is not making this decision by himself.

  34. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Rich, if they don’t put him in the rotation, then they have to trade him right away or send him down. If they put him in the pen, I will be speechless.

  35. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This ST competition is also not just about how these pitchers have looked in ST, as Girardi explained in Chad’s post this morning.

    I made the bet with Pat believing Hughes would be the odd man out but I honestly don’t have a clue at this point.

    The only thing I am supremely confident in is that CC and Kuroda will be in the rotation. After that I can easily envision the Yankees leaving out any one of the remaining four starters vying for those three spots.

  36. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Betsy

    No, trading him would be selling low, which is bad business. They can send him down if they want. Same with Nova and Pineda this point.

  37. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Betsy

    Garcia had a 122 ERA+ last season? How does it make no sense to go with him?

  38. Chad Jennings March 26th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    ron March 26th, 2012 at 5:26 pm e
    Chad;
    Do you think hughes makes the rotation?

    Yes I do.

  39. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Maybe I’ll spot the O’s ten games. Or… 9.5.

    ——————————————–

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

  40. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    You can also make the case that if they are intent on trading Garcia that he should start the season in the rotation.

  41. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Rich, but I don’t think they’ll send him down. I can’t see them sending down Nova either – not sure about Pineda.

    Joe called out Phil a few weeks ago about coming into camp out of shape last year. IMO, at the time, I thought it boded well for Phil’s future here if he pitched well because why would a team do something like that if they were not still invested in his future? I think he’s met the challenge that they’ve asked of him. They need to give him that shot in the rotation now. We all know that the pen is a horrible option. Sending him down is better, but then he’ll never seed the light of day in NY again and he’ll be traded anyway.

  42. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    LGY, you’re talking to someone who adores Garcia, who thinks he’s gotten a raw deal and who still is not thrilled about Andy returning because of the turmoil that it’s caused.

    He deserves to start, somewhere, but I feel now at this point that Phil has to be given at least one more shot.

  43. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Betsy

    I really don’t put much stock in what Girardi says publicly, and I would hope that Cashman, not Girardi, makes these decisions.

    I agree with you, though. I think Hughes will have a good year, but full disclosure, I have thought that every year but last year.

  44. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Stood up by the tree guy. Time for dinner.

  45. Bret The Hitman March 26th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The Yankees have no long-term investment in Garcia so I think that impacts the competition for the rotation. Pineda, Nova and Hughes are all younger and ready to pitch in the major leagues. You can argue that Garcia may outpitch any one of them but the margin is too small to sacrifice major league innings for the younger guys.

    I really believe Garcia will start the year in the pen after the Yankees decide that he’s worth more as an insurance policy for Pettitte than current trade offers for him. If the Yankees keep Garcia in the fold as Pettitte insurance, then the depth is still there and it’s much easier to subtract one pitcher from the rotation when Pettitte returns.

  46. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    “…and who still is not thrilled about Andy returning because of the turmoil that it’s caused.”

    —————————

    I thought the same way but then remembered that the goal is to win baseball games not sing Kumbaya.

  47. ron March 26th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Garcia gave up 152 hits in 146.2 innings,1.34 whip,.268 baa in 2011.
    Decent numbers,but girardi & co have to think hughes,nova,and pineda will better those numbers.
    Hughes is not losing a rotation spot to garcia.
    I doubt hughes loses a spot when,and if pettitte returns.

    Garcia will go to the pen,unless nova gets sent down.Then when pettitte returns garcia to the pen,if he is not traded by then.

  48. Betsy March 26th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Bronx, of course, but I didn’t feel it was necessary move to make anyway.

  49. BD (Boston Dave) March 26th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    2011 ERA+

    Sabathia: 147
    Garcia: 122
    Kuroda: 121
    Nova: 119
    Pineda: 103

  50. BD (Boston Dave) March 26th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    “girardi & co have to think hughes,nova,and pineda will better those numbers.”

    ———–

    on the contrary, the results of 2011 and this spring make it hard to argue that hughes, nova, or pineda will have better numbers

    more likely, all four of them will do relatively well and give the yankees chances to win.

  51. m March 26th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Garcia making it hard.

    I think Nova will be Nova. Hughes will be good and get better. If Pineda does not make incremental improvements in velocity, they can send him down, get it back and get an extra year of control in the process. His agent can’t say squat because Pineda is not the same pitcher ATM.

    Garcia can go to the pen, but if he’s pitching around a 3 ERA then why not have him start?

    Hughes wins the faux competition. What isn’t known is who the runner up is. ;)

  52. Giuseppe Franco March 26th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Not sure how Pettitte’s return could be seen as anything but a really good thing for the team – at least in the eyes of Yankee fans, the Yankee coaching staff, and the front office.

    Yankee opponents in addition to Garcia/Hughes as well as the young members of the Scranton rotation is another matter.

    The object is to win baseball games and Pettitte will help this team do that if he’s anything close to the pitcher he was when he retired.

    I don’t see the Yanks aggressively pursuing a trade until Pettitte’s return to the bigs is much closer to reality. Injuries and/or ineffectiveness can happen at any time and they are guaranteed to need at least 7-8 starters to get through a 162 game grind.

    No reason to do anything drastic just yet.

  53. stuckey March 26th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    There really is not easy solution to this issue.

    Bear in mind, if you put Garcia in the rotation and send down Pineda, Nova, not only are you burning one of their options, unless you go with 2 loogys in the pen, you’re also likely burning an option on Mitchell or Warren.

    And Wade hasn’t had a good spring, you’re playing without a net with him and a rook being your only multiple innings righthanders.

  54. ron March 26th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported that the Yankees did in fact offer Garcia to the Miami Marlins, but they turned down the Yankees offer.

    Once again,i doubt hughes,nova,or pineda lose a rotation spot to garcia.

  55. Bret The Hitman March 26th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Freddy Garcia should not be allowed to snag a share of ML starts from 3 promising young pitchers in Pineda, Hughes and Nova.

    While putting Hughes in the pen would damage his trade value, it really wouldn’t affect Garcia. Teams value Freddy Garcia as a starter because he is an established starter. If the Yankees start him in the pen, he would be looked at as the victim of the numbers game rather than a guy not talented enough to start.

    Even if you start Garcia in the rotation, teams aren’t going to give up much for one year of a 35 year old vet back-end starter.

    He’s probably worth more as insurance to the Yankees than the value of offers for him.

    I bet he stays with the team.

    So when Pettitte returns, he’s there in the bullpen and then you have to do something about Hughes, Pineda or Nova. That’s where the real decision will have to be made in a few months.

  56. Nick in SF March 26th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Hughes has one option left? But it evaporates after a few weeks or months?

    Hmmmmmmm.

  57. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Bronx, of course, but I didn’t feel it was necessary move to make anyway.

    ————————————-

    When it rains, it pours.

    But in the end i believe the Yanks long term plans will remain intact.

  58. Jerkface March 26th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    And Wade hasn’t had a good spring, you’re playing without a net with him and a rook being your only multiple innings righthanders.

    Wade has an option apparently, so sending him down is an option.

  59. LGY March 26th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    STAT out indefinitely.

    The curse of James Dolan strikes again.

  60. Pat M. March 26th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Nick in SF……I thought that the wager between LGY and myself was that Hughes wouldn’t make the Yanks rotation…….This was in January that he offered to me…..One thing I do recall was that AJ was still on the club…..The stipulation was that Hughes had to be on the 25 man roster and not on the DL when they broke camp…..I’ll guess this bet was made right after Kuroda signed, but it was all about Phil Hughes……Right now I’m working on my over / unders for the season…..

  61. BD (Boston Dave) March 26th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    “Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported that the Yankees did in fact offer Garcia to the Miami Marlins, but they turned down the Yankees offer.”

    ———–

    do we know what they asked for? or what the offer was?

    if we don’t, then this doesn’t mean a whole lot, does it?

  62. Pat M. March 26th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    LGY…..James Dolan is a hump

  63. ron March 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    The offer is not important.

    What is,if true,is the fact that the yankees tried to trade him.

  64. m March 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Who thinks Hughes will go to the pen? I doubt anyone seriously is suggesting it.

  65. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    do we know what they asked for? or what the offer was?

    —––————-

    Unlimited rides on the jumping dolphin machine for Hank.

  66. austinmac March 26th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I think that Garcia likely goes to the pen rather than trade him for a non-prospect. Garcia is a pro. He will wish he were in the rotation, but will do his best in the pen. By the time Pettitte is potentially ready, three weeks or more of the season will have transpired. Somewhere, hopefully not the Yankees, will have a real need for a starter. At least that is the likely theory.

    However, if one of the candidates does significantly worse that the others in their final two starts, that would, I believe, affect their decision.

  67. BD (Boston Dave) March 26th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    “The offer is not important.

    What is,if true,is the fact that the yankees tried to trade him.”

    ———

    not important?

    that’s comical

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