A report says the Mets no longer consider Phil Hughes as a possible free agent signing because they refuse to go more than one season for him.
The story in the New York Post says Hughes wants a two-year deal and is likely to get it from someone. It was believed that he would only seek a one-year contract in order to rebuild his free agent stock after a miserable 4-14, 5.19 ERA 2013 season. But apparently Hughes does not want to go through another walk year.
On one hand, this makes sense for the Mets. In 2015 they will (hopefully) have Matt Harvey back, to go along with Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. That’s already too many starters; they certainly won’t need Phil Hughes.
But since the Mets insist that Syndergaard and Montero start 2014 in the minors, they currently only have three starters in place for next season. Phil Hughes would have fit in nicely.
And besides, if Hughes had a good season, he could easily be traded in the second year of his deal. Or Niese or Gee could be dealt for the bat the Mets will surely still need a year from now.
It is just another example of short-sighted, non-creative thinking by Sandy Alderson.