The Yankees have avoided arbitration with RHP Phil Hughes. The righty settled on a contract worth $7.15 million for the 2013 season to pitch for the Yankees. This is probably the last year that Hughes will wear pinstripes, so expect him to pitch well for a new contract somewhere in the $70 million range, similar to what Anibal Sanchez received from the Chicago Cubs.
Also, as a side note Fox Sports writers Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi are reporting that the Seattle Mariners are close to acquiring Nationals outfielder Michael Morse. The Mariners were very close to getting Justin Upton in a trade that would send several key pieces to Arizona but that deal fell through after Upton exercised the no-trade clause in his contract. Instead, the Mariners will be receiving Morse to presumably play the outfield for the team. Morse was brought up in the Seattle organization before getting traded to the Nationals before the 2009 season.
The transaction is a three way deal that sends Morse to Seattle for RHP AJ Cole. The Mariners sent catcher John Jaso to Oakland to complete the deal. Cole was the centerpiece that the Nationals gave up in the Gio Gonzalez trade. He will now land back in the organization that traded him away one year ago. From the looks of it, this trade is a reunion of sorts, for both players.