Hughes' last win came all the way back on July 2 against the Minnesota Twins; but since then he's been 0-5 in his last eight starts for the Yankees and will make his ninth start on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. This start really could b a make-or-break game for Hughes given how the Yankees are fighting to stay alive and along in the American League playoff race.
Rick Sutcliffe of ESPN has an idea for the Yankees if Hughes were to struggle tonight against the last-place Blue Jays; trade for Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay.
Halladay returned to the Phillies on Sunday to pitch on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and won his first game since April 19 after being placed on the DL in early May with a shoulder injury; an injury he needed surgery on to have a bone spur removed. Halladay is also a pending free agent since his 2014 option will not vest due to being injured most of the season.
On Monday Sutcliffe went on ESPN Radio and said the Yankees should take on the rest of Halladay's contract, which was $20 million, but since there isn't much time left on the season, the Yankees could be picking up whatever is left to have him for September and potentially, October if they get to the playoffs, that is if Hughes struggles.
The fact of the matter is Hughes would have likely already lost his rotation spot if the Yankees had someone ready to take his place; but since Michael Pineda and David Phelps were hurt in the minor leagues, neither one could be recalled by the Yankees to take his spot and demote Hughes; which is why Sutcliffe is suggesting Halladay.
The Yankees were once tied to being interested in Halladay before the 2010 season, but the Blue Jays ended up sending him to the Phillies in a three-team deal; where he's been their ace for four seasons, but a lot has happened to the Phillies since Halladay landed on the DL in early May.
With the Phillies not in playoff contention anymore and Halladay a free agent-to-be, it would be wise for Ruben Amaro, Jr. to simply allow the Yankees to take the remainder of Halladay's deal before the waiver-trade deadline of August 31 and let Halladay compete again for a playoff contender in need of starters who could help.
CC Sabathia has had his struggles late in the season and has hardly been the ace that Yankee fans are normally used to seeing, so if Hughes really can't get it done anymore, then Brian Cashman needs to take Sutcliffe's advice to heart, call up Amaro and make a deal to land Halladay, which could help the team have a chance to get to October baseball.
Halladay is currently 3-4 with a 7.81 ERA in eight starts and struggled early in the season, but his struggles and lack of velocity were due to the shoulder injury, which got repaired with the surgery.
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