Yeah, trading for him would have Red Sox Nation heated.
If a trade did go down, I don't know who I would trade first. It would be weird facing the highly emotional/volatile Joba. He would hold a grudge that could come back to bite us. Unless you think Hughes is gonna be a dominant starter I say f**k it and trade him. I think Joba could be the future closer after Mo so I would actually keep him. Never been that big on Austin Jackson or Melancon so if they got packaged I wouldn't shed a tear.
I got a weird feeling that we are going to get him for some reason.
Exactly the reason as to why I don't think he'll be the future closer (he's got the talent to be, just not the right mental). He reminds me of Brad Lidge. While Lidge has crazy strikeout ability and was a key contributor on a WS team...he also can s**t the bed in the biggest moments. And when he does, it could have a lingering effect on him.
I think Hughes WILL be an excellent starter in this league, always have. With Burnett stating how much Roy helped his game both mentally and with his preparation techniques...I believe he could do the same for Philthy!