Found August 27, 2013 on NY Sports 24/7:
Calling Phil Hughes’ 2013 season a disappointment would be an understatement to say the least. Given the hand the Yankees were dealt, they have probably overachieved as a whole. Hughes however has been the biggest disappointment potentially costing himself a huge pay day this Winter while simultaneously pitching the Yankees out of postseason contention. At age 27, just entering his prime, and pitching for his first big time contract the general expectation was that Phil Hughes was going to have a promising year in the middle of the Yankees rotation. An outlook of 15 wins with an ERA hovering around 4 was not only realistic but would guarantee him a hefty multi-year deal that would make his 2013 $7.5M salary look like a bargain. Teams were willing to overlook his high homerun rate and attribute it to the park in which he pitches in. The consensus was that a move to the NL West where the ball parks are bigger and the lineups are weaker was just what he needed. Hughes has made even that train of thought a hard sell with the way he has performed. Would he be more successful out there over the long-term? Most scouts and experts think so. Then came his start in Petco Park against the San Diego Padres on August 4th. Pitching in a park many felt he might end up calling home for the next few years, Hughes went 2 2/3 innings giving up 5 ER. On the year he’s a lowly 4-13 with an ERA approaching 5. In his last nine starts, he’s 0-6 with an ERA approaching 6. Not exactly finishing with a bang. What makes it worse is that he has the opportunity to finish strong and help push the Yankees into the postseason. Instead, he deserves to be pulled from the rotation. If the Yankees had Michael Pineda or David Phelps healthy, there is no doubt he would be in the bullpen. In a contract year, it doesn’t get any worse. Hughes recently admitted he’d be willing to work out of the bullpen moving forward. Sure, why not. Whatever gets you paid, right? Every 4 inning start he rolls out there is costing him heavily in the pockets. Before the season it seemed unfathomable to think that Hughes wouldn’t get signed long-term. Now, he may be forced to sign a one year deal somewhere to prove himself. We know one thing for sure. It won’t be in the Bronx.

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