Minnesota Twins reportedly will target Phil Hughes

Phil HughesThe Minnesota Twins will likely look at free agent pitcher Phil Hughes after shoring up their rotation by signing Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins will “turn their attention” to the former New York Yankees pitcher. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season, but he was 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 2012 and 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 2010.

Hughes would likely benefit from a move away from Yankee Stadium and the AL East to the AL Central and the spacious Target Field. The Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals are also said to have interest in him.

The Twins have very little pitching depth in their starting rotation and have very few payroll commitments after trading Justin Morneau. They committed $49 million to Nolasco over four years and should have plenty left over for other pitchers like Hughes.

Coming off a 66-96 season, signing Nolasco and Hughes would likely give a boost to the rotation and give the Twins more of a chance to compete.

Phil Hughes mocks Derek Jeter by ordering Starbucks as ‘Sanderson’ (Picture)

Derek-Jeter-Phil-Hughes-YankeesDerek Jeter set the internet on fire earlier this week when photos showed him using the alias “Philip” for his Starbucks order. Going incognito may have worked for Jeter while he ordered his coffee, but it didn’t stop the paparazzi from blowing up his spot.

On Friday, one of his teammates — who happens to actually be named Philip — returned the favor.

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes decided to hit up Starbucks and have some fun with Jeter in the process. As you may know, Jeter’s middle name is Sanderson. Check out the name Hughes used when ordering his beverage:

Bravo. Hopefully Hughes actually ordered the coffee using the name Sanderson and didn’t simply write it on the cup himself. Does anyone else see the next social media trend unfolding before our eyes? The art of ordering a coffee under a false name should be henceforth known as “Jetering.”

H/T Big League Stew