Late Night Links: Headley, Stanton, Hughes

Good morning Yankee fans. The last day in the Yankeesphere has been teeming with speculation about what Cashman will do to counter the Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira injuries. There's been plenty of speculation about who the Yankees could sign and who they could trade for. Carlos Lee, Aubrey Huff, and even Jim Thome are free agents that have been mentioned, while Justin Morneau, Tyler Colvin, Michael Cuddyer, and Carlos Pena have shown up in trade speculation. I did my own musing about younger and cheaper options Matt LaPorta, Justin Smoak, and Daric Barton. Over the last 24 hours, some very big names have apparently become available, and they would fit the Yankees' needs. The first one is Chase Headley. According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Padres have given up on extension talks and are prepared to listen on offers for the third baseman. Last season, the switch hitter Headley had a breakout year batting .286/.376/.498 in San Diego. Headley has always been a good hitter, but his home/away platoon splits showed that Petco Park had a major negative influence on him up until 2012. Headley is primarily a third baseman, but he can also play the outfield, and his switch hitting approach fits perfectly in Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately,  the Padres know of his platoon splits, and their asking price has not been low in the past.

The second one is Giancarlo Stanton. In the same article, Madden explains that a Marlins operative is firmly pushing the team to trade Stanton while his value is high. He believes that the organization's reluctance to trade has been brought on by the negative response to this offseason's Blue Jays trade. If Stanton were to become available, he would be a player to clear the farm system for, and the Yankees might just do so to get the young right-handed outfielder.

Finally, Phil Hughes threw 15 pitches today. It was his regular pitching motion, but on flat ground. It sounds like he's still a couple of weeks from making a start, but that would give him a couple of Spring Training starts where he could work up his pitch count. Keep your fingers crossed that his velocity is normal with the the big innings increase that he saw last season.