Twins Sign Starter Phil Hughes

Updated: 12/05/2013 5:37 PM By: Chris Long

Twins Pitcher Phil Hughes
Twins Pitcher Phil Hughes

The Twins offseason overhaul of the pitching rotation continues with the signing of 27-year-old righty Phil Hughes.

The team announced Thursday the 6-foot-5 hurler signed a 3-year, $24-million contract. The news broke on Saturday night of a verbal agreement.

The signing comes three days after the Twins announced the signing of Ricky Nolasco, another free agent pitcher expected to slot directly into the starting rotation.

Hughes was 4-14 with the Yankees last season with a 5.19 ERA.  He struck out 121 and walked 42.  29 of his 30 appearances were as the Yankees' starter.  His 14 losses were 3rd most in the American League

In 14 of Hughes' 29 starts in 2012, he failed to make it out of the 5th inning. That's the highest total in MLB in 2012 and the highest total for a single season in over a decade.

Hughes was an All Star in 2010 amid an 18-win season that eventually ranked him 4th in the American League.

He has a career 56-50 record in his seven MLB seasons, all of which have been spent with the Yankees.