Hughes, Damon, and... Matsui?: Monday Yankees Links

Boy, Yankee Universe sure got quiet again in a hurry following the storm of activity at the end of last week:

  • The Yankees and Phil Hughes came to a $3.2M agreement for next year (plus performance bonuses), managing to avoid arbitration. David Waldstein at the New York Times reminds us that although we’ve heard before that it is time for Hughes to step up and show us what he’s got, the Yankees’ new-found surplus of pitching could mean that this truly is a make-or-break year for Hughes.
  • There has been some speculation that Johnny Damon could fit the Yankees need for a DH, and now it is being reported that the Yanks have been in contact with Hideki Matsui.
  • Whichever way the Yankees go with the DH decision, it will supposedly be governed by the mere $1-2M the Yanks are allowing themselves to spend on the position.
  • Of course there’s always the option of rotating the DH spot with the current guys on the roster, although EJ at the Yankee Analysts tells us why that would not be the ideal situation.

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