Twins ink pitcher Phil Hughes to 3-year, $24M deal

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Minnesota Twins have signed former New York Yankees right-handed starting pitcher Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal.

The deal, still pending a physical, is expected to be announced in the coming week.

Hughes, 27, was by far the youngest free agent starter on the market.

He finished 4-14 this past season with a 5.19 ERA, the second time in three seasons he’s gone above the 5.00 mark.

In seven seasons with the Yankees, Hughes went 56-50 with a 4.54 ERA and an FIP (fielding independent pitching on an ERA scale) at 4.31.

His best season came in 2010, when he finished 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA and 146 strikeouts.

Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, who was signed to a four-year, $49 million contract earlier this week, will join Kevin Correia in the starting five of their rotation, with Samuel Deduno, Andrew Albers, Scott Diamond and Liam Hendriks competing for the final two spots.

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