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Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

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Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday.

Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance for the Yankees. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and it’s shallow right field porch should do him a whole lot of good, though it’s not like he’s been any sort of ace on the road, either.

The curious thing is that Hughes held out for the longer deal rather than going the Josh Johnson route and signing a one-year contract, with the chance of landing a much bigger payday next winter. Certainly, if he had bounced back and turned in a season more like his 2012, he could have been in a position to land the kind of four-year, $49 million deal that Nolasco just got or something bigger. Frankly, it suggests a lack of confidence that he’d rather have the much more modest three-year deal right now.

With Hughes and Nolasco in the fold, the Twins have clearly upgraded what was the league’s ugliest rotation last season. Kevin Correia will be back to occupy another spot, with Samuel Deduno a heavy favorite to join him. The team still has to decide whether to bring in another veteran or to let Kyle Gibson, Vance Worley, Andrew Albers and Scott Diamond compete for the fifth spot.

  1. markofapro - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Hughes is a “solid free agent” ?

    • mariagjones - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      my best friend’s aunt makes $78 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired for 7 months but last month her check was $15766 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here…..

      =======>>,,,,, ℭ

      • lazlosother - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        My friend’s aunt’s mother’s brother’s sister’s nephew’s uncle’s grandfather’s niece’s second cousin’s best friend made 24 million pitching a very mediocre game of baseball. look above.

  2. Rick Cosmo - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    $24 Million for Hughes? Crazy!

    • mmeyer3387 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Huphes’s salary does sound like a lot at first. However, maybe he just needs a change of scenery and a fly ball pitcher’s ball park and he may do well.

  3. eatitfanboy - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    “The curious thing is that Hughes held out for the longer deal rather than going the Josh Johnson route and signing a one-year contract, with the chance of landing a much bigger payday next winter.”

    Maybe, like all Yankee fans and anyone else who’s watched him closely, he realizes that his problems are a lot more complicated than the short porch at Yankee stadium. He went for the most guaranteed money and years as he could get.

    Josh Johnson was willing to bet on Josh Johnson. Phil Hughes, probable wisely, was not willing to bet on Phil Hughes.

    I always liked him personally and wish him the best, but it’s going to take a lot more than getting out of New York to fix Phil Hughes.

  4. American of African Descent - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Bird in the hand, Matthew. Bird in the hand.

  5. lazlosother - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Hughes’ problem is the lack of a third pitch. He has a fastball and a slider – both good. They are very similar in terms of velocity. His curve and change-up are miserable, they don’t fool anyone. Note how many times he will go up 0-2 and end up losing the hitter. He needs an “out” pitch, something that has real velocity difference from the fastball/slider routine. Until Hughes develops something he will fail. It isn’t just Yankee Stadium, it’s his inability to get a third strike.

  6. ryanrockzzz - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    when 4-14 is an upgrade…that’s just sad. No way this makes the Twins that much better.

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