Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/25/13
The New York Yankees are likely set to bid adieu to free agent-to-be Phil Hughes. The 27-year-old right hander has spent his entire professional career with the Yankees organization, but his peripherals aren’t conducive to a longer stay in the Bronx. Whether or not the Yankees will make him an offer seems almost a non-factor.  The team is aging, it doesn’t have a lot of financial flexibility, and while Hughes does strike out 7.6 batters per nine innings, he also has trouble with fly balls, which can really rub a young free agent the wrong way when pitching in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. It’ll more than likely come down to a bidding war for Hughes resulting him being over-paid, but that’s really the nature of free agency. Hughes will be a bit of a commodity.  He just turned 27, so he’s still young, but he already has six years of Major League experience, working into his seventh, and he will be boasting some post season experience.  In addition, his WHIP is a slightly better ...
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