The New York Yankees quietly have a name sitting on the MLB trade market in pitcher Phil Hughes, but not many teams have come calling because of the supposed high price the Yankees are looking for in return.
The problem for the Rockies is the same as the issue other teams have encountered—New York wants a major haul in return. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the price for a rental like Hughes is absolutely massive:
MLB front offices now operate with the constant weighing of relative value, and in the current thinking, two months of a possible Hall of Famer like Carlos Beltran isn’t close to what Wheeler could be worth, but the Giants’ front office — which has enjoyed more success than any other in the past three years — made the move, swapping Wheeler for Beltran.
So these days, general managers say, the asking prices for even rentals such as Matt Garza and Phil Hughes are astronomical. “Incredibly high,” said one executive.
Reports say the Rockies view Hughes as a bullpen piece, not as a starter. If that is truly the case, then do not expect anything to get done on this front. We have a hard time seeing the Rockies give up a huge amount to the Yankees in return for a pitcher the team may not even use as a starter.
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