I disagree with something that Pete Abe wrote at Lohud today:
"For the better part of two years, Cashman has been working to build an
organization that would avoid just the kind of move the Yankees are
about to make. Cashman succeeded in building a player development
powerhouse. But just when it looked like the Yankees were going to
change, Hughes could be on the way out."
Huh? If you’re a wealthy team, this kind of move is one of the reasons you develop a strong farm system. At the very least, you actually have the option to explore trading for someone like Johan Santana (and memo to everyone on Yankees blogs right now. He’s Johan Freaking Santana! Am I not seeing something about this guy? Was he out three months with an injury or something last season?! Are his #1 player comps Ed Whitson and Steve Trout?). Remember when the Yanks didn’t have the depth in their farm system to make a run at Josh Beckett and he ended up with the Sox? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have him on the team this past season? Well, the Yanks didn’t have an option at the time because trading Hughes and the prospects the Marlins wanted at the time would have left the farm system barren. If they trade Hughes and others this time around, that won’t be the case.
Now I think there are perfectly reasonable arguments against this trade; ones that address the specifics of the Yanks’ situation. But the whole idea that a trade for Santana runs counter to the point of developing a strong minor league system is just not true.