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Time for owners to get Hughes, avoid Joba

Updated: March 25, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I admit I would have been surprised had New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi named anyone other than Phil Hughes as his fifth starter, as he did Thursday. Fantasy baseball owners have been acting like they expected the news, making Hughes the 87th pitcher off the draft board and the 61st starting pitcher, a 22nd-round pick overall. That means even in standard mixed leagues, with 10 teams and generally six or seven active starting pitchers per team, Hughes was treated as if he belonged in a starting lineup.

Then again, looking at the hierarchy of pitchers in ESPN average live drafts, there has been very little difference in how pitchers such as Hughes and Joba Chamberlain have been treated. Well, there should be a considerable difference now, and I'll be eager to see if upcoming drafts bear out this news.

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