Joba Chamberlain has said he’s more than ready for the competition that looms in Spring Training for the No. 5 spot, and one of those pitchers he will be competing against indicated he’s up for it as well.
"I know I'm coming into the spring fighting for a job," Hughes said Thursday afternoon after a workout in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. "I'm out of the reliever mindset for right now. Anytime nothing is going to be handed to you, you strive to be a little bit better."
Hughes said the success he experienced out of the bullpen last year has only added to his confidence.
"I definitely feel at a point where I've never been, having the experience of consistently getting big league guys out," Hughes said. "It helps, and obviously winning the World Series also helps."
If Hughes wins the job, he would be on some kind of innings limit much as Chamberlain was last year (think the Phil Phormula rather than the Joba Rules), but Hughes said that won’t a major obstacle.
“We've got four solid guys," Hughes said. "During the course of a season, there's plenty of opportunities to skip the fifth spot."
*** Just when it looked as if the Tigers were the front-runners in the Johnny Damon derby, Jon Heyman reports the White Sox are making a strong push as this thing hits the stretch run.
*** The Yankees announced the World Series trophy, which has seen its share of the world this offseason, will be on display at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Connecticut Sports Foundation Dinner at Mohegan Sun.
On Saturday it will be displayed, and available for the public to take pictures with, outside of the Box Office in The Shops at Mohegan Sun from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Call 1-888-226-7711 for more information.