Phil Hughes on his decision to sign with the Twins
The Minnesota Twins will formally introduce Phil Hughes as their newest members at 4 PM on Thursday but NY Daily's Mark Feinsand spoke to Hughes regarding his decision to sign with the Twins. Here are some of the highlights:
Did Hughes have other offers?
Why opt for a three-year deal instead of a one-year value-builder?
According to a major-league source, the Mariners made Hughes a two-year offer with a club option for a third year, but Seattle refused to guarantee the third year. The Angels, who play roughly 10 minutes from Hughesí family home, also came after him with what the source described as ďa nice one-year deal.Ē
ďIíve played my whole career on a year-to-year basis, so to finally have a little bit of security was really appealing,Ē Hughes said. ďObviously I would have done (a one-year deal) if that was all that was out there, but there was interest from teams about bringing me in long-term. That was something I really wanted, so I decided to go in that direction.Ē
What went wrong in New York?
ďI donít know if it was the pressure of the contract or just the pressure of New York,Ē Hughes said, still seemingly searching for answers. ďIíve dealt with that before, but sometimes if you start off poor, it can have a tendency to snowball on you Ė especially in that market. Struggling mechanically, it just seemed like I couldnít get on that track and get myself going again. It was a perfect storm of bad things going on that I couldnít get myself out of."
How does he feel about moving to Target Field, a pitcher's park?
ďIím not really sure what kind of impact it will have,Ē Hughes said of his move. ďI know Iíve pitched well in the Central division in the past. Iíve had a few good starts at Target Field; itís obviously a bigger stadium than Yankee Stadium, which canít hurt.
ďBut Iím not just counting on the stadium helping me out. Iím 27; I feel I can still improve and get better. Thatís more of my focus than just pitching in a bigger ballpark and getting lucky.Ē