Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/31/13
Phil Hughes was a first round pick by the New York Yankees in 2004. He was once rated the No. 4 prospect in the game by Baseball America, and now at 27-years-old, he’ll be hitting the free-agent market for the first time in his career. Hughes was in a slow downward slide for the past few years, but it didn’t get really bad until this past season, when he posted a 5.19 ERA, the worst in his three seasons with at least 30 starts. He was injured to start the year and if you didn’t know any better you would have guess he was pitching hurt all year — he was that bad. For a guy with so much promise and upside, Hughes failed to live up to expectations while on the mound for the Yankees in 2013. There were a few times this season though that he did show some promise and  you may have thought to yourself, “If only he could pitch this well every time out, then we be good to go” but most other times Hughes left you wondering what had happened. I’ll tell you what happened: Yankee Stadium happen...
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