March 29, 2009

Poll results: Hughes will start more than relieve

Fans voted Phil Hughes to start more games than relieve in 2009 by a wide margin this past week.

Starts:  58%
Relief appearances:  23%
He won't pitch at all for the Yankees in 2009:  17%

I voted last Sunday that Hughes would make more relief appearances than starts.  But because of all of the roster moves that have been made over this past week, I am jumping on the Hughes as a starter bandwagon.

The Yankees have so much depth in their bullpen, and I believe that the heavy competition will keep everyone on their toes.  Hughes will be much more valuable to the Yankees as a starter in the long run.  Just last year, he was almost traded for Johan Santana.  I'm not giving up on this guy yet.

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