So, um, Hughes is the new Mo, circa 1996, and Zumaya, who so bedeviled the Yanks in the 2006 playoffs--I cancelled class to watch him burn through the heart of the order--is a regular old pitcher.
Hughes, who now adds a 97 mile-an-hour fastball to The Best Slow Curve Since Burt Blyleven (have I said this before?) has become someone, I hope, the Yankees value.
Roy Halladay? Maybe.
But the first two names the Jays will mention will be Melky and Joba.
The Yanks will say no.
Then: Melky, Hughes, and a prospect.
Jays: Melky and Hughes.
Yanks: (Hopefully) No.
Break it down for the Yanks:
CC, Burnett, Joba, Pettitte and Somebody. That's the Yankee rotation.
Somebody, Somebody, Hughes, and Mo. Bullpen.
The Astros went this way in 2005, and wound up in the World Series: These are our guys. No trades, no call-ups. The guys in this room are our team.
So, let's see.