Brian Cashman is advocating for removing Hughes from any potential deal for Johan Santana. The move would effectively remove the Yankees from the running, and could quickly lead to an agreement between the Red Sox and Twins. Outside of the Johan Santana, this news could have larger implications for the Yankees front office.
It's likely a sign of a larger rift between Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner. While Cashman would like to remove Hughes from trade talks, Hank Steinbrenner would much prefer to make a deal for Santana including Hughes. And Hank doesn't seem like the most agreeable guy in the world.
Before returning to the Yankees prior to the 2006 season, Cashman had to be assured that he'd have almost full control of Yankees personnel decisions. Now, two years later, the Yankees are under new ownership and Cashman seems to have lost the power in the organization that he worked so hard to secure.
Stay tuned, this could be the beginning of some very interesting developments. The Yankees have seen changes in ownership and managing in the past few months, could the General Manager be next?