New York Yankees: 2 possibilities to fix Hughes issue New York Yankees: 2 possibilities to fix Hughes issue New York Yankees: 2 possibilities to fix Hughes issue

New York Yankees: 2 possibilities to fix Hughes issue

Phil Hughes - crackling picture - 2010

With the news that prize acquisition Michael Pineda might never see the lights in Yankee Stadium from the pitcher’s mound, at least not this season, does leave the team in a bit of a pickle.

Less than a week ago, Pineda was still going to play a big part in the 2012 season.

Personally knowing that Pineda was coming, made enduring each Phil Hughes start somewhat tolerable, and I am sure many Yankee fans felt the same way.

Now that Pineda is out, fans will hang their hopes on veteran Andy Pettitte’s return but knowing the Yankees he will replace Freddy Garcia.

Like Hughes, Garcia has been terrible too but the Yankees seem willing to excuse Hughes because he won 18-games in 2010. I guess the fact that Garcia won 12 games and the team won 15 out of his 25 starts in 2011 doesn’t factor in at all; or that Garcia has experience.

Regardless, Hughes is a problem and will remain one until the Yankees wake-up and smell the coffee.

Hopefully skipper Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman will start believing that 2010 was Hughes’ exception before it is too late.

Now, the Yankees have other options but they will have to go out of their comfort zone to actually carry them out. Hey, you never know what can happen until you try right?

Here are two options that the Yankees already have, but this would entail sending Hughes to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre because he can convince the Yankees from down there of why he should still be in the rotation.

1) D.J. Mitchell – 24-years old. Here are Mitchell’s stats from his last three seasons in Scranton Wilkes-Barre (

Yankees prospect DJ Mitchell - stats - courtesy of


2) David Phelps who has been overall pretty solid coming out of the bullpen, but he did knocked around saving Hughes, for a third time, vs. the Rangers. Still, Phelps has proven himself worthy of a start and the Yankees can bring up prospect Kevin Whelan or Chase Whitley to pitch in long relief; and Hughes can go prove himself in the minors.

There are other possibilities to get Hughes out but I hope it doesn’t involve signing some washed up veteran; as that would be in sync with how the Yankees usually work. So, please be ready for the Roy Oswalt rumors to start to swirl.

Any other ideas? Or hate mine??

Please, leave some comments….


  1. Richard Griffith says:

    It's time to put Hughes in the bullpen and give Mitchell or Phelps a shot. But it's April, the bat's are heating up so we'll see. It would be nice to see some decent innings from Garcia today.

  2. alcan says:

    there are teams that spent a lot to make a splash and are going no where… they will be willing to deal and wheel by July if not sooner… The gem of the pineda/montero trade is Campos… granted, he won't see any major league for a while but he is a fast tracker and already has a half accomplished change up…

    • Richard Griffith says:

      You're right but I think he's a keeper. Only 19, currently dominating single A but who knows. If Pettitte gives us anything, then we have 4 solid starters and the 5th spot can be filled with almost anyone. It's a better situation than 2011, and we still managed 97 wins.

      • LLP says:

        This is true Richard but they have to remove Garcia completely from the active roster b/c he is liable in the bullpen too. Hughes should go to the minors to figure himself out down there first; he never went to Triple-A in the first place, as he went from Double-A to the bigs.

    • LLP says:

      Alcan I totally agree but don't give up on the killer B's just yet.

  3. Green Mountain Guy says:

    While I agree that Hughes needs to be replaced as a starter, you've got to be kidding me if you think that Garcia deserves to stay over Hughes. Garcia has nothing. He is fooling no one. It's painful watching him get swatted around like my kid's little league team. He needs to be replaced as does Hughes.

    • LLP says:

      Green Mountain Guy – I agree with you but my point was that if the Yankees were going off of Hughes and Garcia's track records…..that Garcia is more proven than Hughes and that you cannot deny. They both stink, Hughes gets through a batting order once and than they hit the crap out of him by the third inning. The Yankees will keep him in forever at this rate….I hope that Phelps can kick some butt on Friday night so Pettitte comes back and Hughes goes.

  4. Tanned Tom says:

    Both Hughes and Garcia need to go. I'd rather have Swisher pitching than either of them. Make Phelps and Mitchell the 4 and 5 starters. Then when Andy's back, the less effective of the two goes to the pen. Time to trade Garcia and Hughes. Garcia simply seems shot, and Hughes has always been a bad starter (5.00 career ERA when starting). Trade them and move on. And yeah, Roy Oswalt, do it.

    • Green Mountain Guy says:

      Another brilliant outing by Garcia. Enough is enough. If Giardi and Cashman can't see that Garcia is done now, the season is effectively over. I agree with TT. Take both Hughes and Garcia out of the starting rotation. Let's give Mitchell and Phelps a chance. They can't be worse. It's a joke having the second worst ERA in baseball, and I live in Minneapolis and have to watch the club with the worst ERA.

      • LLP says:

        GMG – It is an embarrassment how the pitching was so hyped up and they have an ERA above 5. Sorry about the Twins but they should be better….it makes no sense to me because they were always contenders but the AL Central has gotten better overall so that might be why.

    • LLP says:

      Tanned Tom – you took the words right out of my mouth.

  5. Fran says:

    I agree, these guys have to go. Today, the first 2 innings were excruciating to watch. Let Hughes sort it out in the minors, it might be the best thing that ever happend to him. Regarding Garcia, the velosity really wasn't there last year either, he's just not as "crafty" as they want to believe. I will say this, watching Valverde (aka..the dancing bear) almost blow it, was kind of entertaining.