Saturday, June 22, 2013
Will Yanks trade duo?
By Jason Catania
The New York Yankees have gone cold in recent weeks, which may make things interesting for them between now and the trade deadline.
As George King of the New York Post wrote earlier in June, the Yankees don't necessarily see starter Phil Hughes and reliever Joba Chamberlain as part of their roster beyond this season -- both will be free agents -- so they could become candidates to be used in trades, especially if the Yanks fall out of contention.
King's colleague Joel Sherman follows up by suggesting the Yanks sell low on Hughes and Chamberlain. In other words, even though the two pitchers haven't thrown well lately, it may be time for the Yanks to get what they can in order to stay in the mix in the uber-competitive AL East, which now has all five teams at .500 or better heading into play Saturday.
As Sherman points out, the Yanks could eventually turn to Ivan Nova or even Michael Pineda, Vidal Nuno or Adam Warren to take Hughes' rotation spot.
Neither Hughes nor Chamberlain is making all that much money over the rest of 2013, so they could be semi-attractive options for rotation and bullpen depth, respectively. It's also not out of the question that the Yanks entertain the idea of trading one or both of Hughes and Chamberlain, even if they're still in the hunt for a postseason spot, given that neither player is likely to remain in New York in the future.