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Phil Hughes's age is a factor I've talked about several times and with good reason. Hughes is still 25 years old and has a lot of pitching left in him.
A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia are heading towards the tail end of their careers and likely won't be New York Yankees for much longer.
Hughes' best years are still ahead of him and he has a chance to be an integral part of the Yankees rotation for years to come.
The Yankees can have a rotation of CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Hughes to carry them into the decade. Then there's also Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances ready to join them later on down the road.
If the Yankees give Hughes a shot to reach his potential, or at least get as close as he can to it and keep most of those guys together, they'll have a dominant rotation for the decade.
They might even be able to build a dynasty off of that rotation.
The Yankees have always had a win-now mentality, but they have to start looking toward the future at some point. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez won't be around forever (actually, A-Rod might just because of his contract).
The Yankees have a relatively young lineup that they can build around along with Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.
The bottom line is, Hughes' youth and potential outweigh anything Burnett and Garcia can give. They should give Hughes a shot and let him be the fifth starter.