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    Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    From today's New York Daily News online article:

    ...with Rivera entering the final year of his contract in 2010, things could change for 23-year-old Phil Hughes, who is now being viewed as a potential successor for the Hall of Fame closer.

    "I love it," Rivera said when asked about the job Hughes has done in his new role (as set-up man). "It looks like he's been in there for years. He goes in and throws strikes, and that's the key. Coming in from the bullpen, you have to throw strikes. He doesn't have to worry about four or five innings, so he's attacking, attacking, attacking with everything he has."

    Even if Hughes winds up taking over for Rivera in a couple of years, he has no plans to do it with one pitch the way the All-Star closer has for the past 14 seasons.

    When Chien-Ming Wang returned from the disabled list in early June, Hughes was sent to the bullpen to serve as the long reliever. Most people figured he would return to Triple-A to resume his role as a starter, but as he kept pitching well, the Yankees decided to try him out in other spots later in games.

    Assuming he stays there for the rest of the season, Hughes' development as a starter will be hindered by a lack of innings. But Girardi believes that pitching at the big-league level is a bigger plus for the young righthander, even if he doesn't build up his innings count as the Yankees had hoped he would entering the season.
    "I think it's helped his development, because every inning he's pitching is a pressure inning right now," Girardi said. "You have to make your pitches, which is good for his development. I think it's real helpful."
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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Not good for anyone holding his cards hoping for a price increase.

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Phil will probably be the #3 starter in LAA before that happens.

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Quote Originally Posted by card-treasury
    Phil will probably be the #3 starter in LAA before that happens.
    What is that supposed to mean?

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Quote Originally Posted by rookieautos
    Quote Originally Posted by card-treasury
    Phil will probably be the #3 starter in LAA before that happens.
    What is that supposed to mean?
    If I knew what part of it you do not understand, I would be happy to try and clarify what it means.

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    [quote=card-treasury]
    Quote Originally Posted by rookieautos
    Quote Originally Posted by "card-treasury":2uuhuqk4
    Phil will probably be the #3 starter in LAA before that happens.
    What is that supposed to mean?
    If I knew what part of it you do not understand, I would be happy to try and clarify what it means.[/quote:2uuhuqk4]
    Just didn't understand if it meant you thought he is starting in this series or if he will be traded, and for who? Just got confused.

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Why is Hughes the bullpen guy? Why can't Joba be the future closer in waiting? Maybe long-term, Joba can be more suited to being a reliever with Hughes a No. 2 or No. 3 starter.

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars
    Why is Hughes the bullpen guy? Why can't Joba be the future closer in waiting? Maybe long-term, Joba can be more suited to being a reliever with Hughes a No. 2 or No. 3 starter.
    agreed. +23524

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    That would be ok with my fantasy baseball keeper league team
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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    I still think Hughes is trade bait for when the right deal comes. I'm somewhat suprised he has not been traded yet!

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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Quote Originally Posted by matfanofold
    I still think Hughes is trade bait for when the right deal comes. I'm somewhat suprised he has not been traded yet!
    If you don't trade him for Johan, who would you trade him for? The pitchers better than Johan are not available. Doc is now available, but they have said they won't go after him and will have to pay a boat load to him in prospects and $$. Yes I know, the Yanks always say they are out and then come in (like with Tex) but this has about 0.1% of him going to the Yanks.

    So if you keep Hughes instead of Johan, what deal could possibly make them want to trade him?


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    Re: Yankees may make Phil Hughes the closer when Rivera retires

    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Santana 57
    Quote Originally Posted by matfanofold
    I still think Hughes is trade bait for when the right deal comes. I'm somewhat suprised he has not been traded yet!
    If you don't trade him for Johan, who would you trade him for? The pitchers better than Johan are not available. Doc is now available, but they have said they won't go after him and will have to pay a boat load to him in prospects and $$. Yes I know, the Yanks always say they are out and then come in (like with Tex) but this has about 0.1% of him going to the Yanks.

    So if you keep Hughes instead of Johan, what deal could possibly make them want to trade him?
    I'm not sure why you feel that the only factor in the Johan case was Hughes, but I can think of many reasons that the Johan deal did not go down, and why visually Hughes was not on the table at that point. Personally, I think they are waiting for Hughes to do something, anything to make himself seem valuable again. Making him seem akin to the next Mario seems right up there alley in trying to create value in him. Lord knows as a starter, his precieved value went down every other game.

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