Reports: Twins agree to deal with free-agent starter Phil Hughes
NOV 30, 2013 10:12p ET
The Minneapolis Star Tribune was the first to report the deal.
Hughes, 27, spent his first seven years with the New York Yankees, where he compiled a 56-50 record with a 4.54 ERA in 182 games (132 starts). Hughes was an All-Star in 2010 as an 18-game winner for the Yankees, but had a down year in 2013 when he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA.
It's no surprise that the Twins have been pursuing pitching in the free-agent market this offseason. Minnesota's starting pitchers had a 5.26 ERA in 2013, easily the worst in all of baseball. Twins starters also pitched just 871 innings, fewest in the majors. Hughes has not had a 200-inning season in his career; his most in one season was 191 1/3 in 2012.
Minnesota also reportedly agreed to terms with veteran free agent Ricky Nolasco. The Twins have yet to confirm either deal, but the activity by Minnesota on the free-agent market is a sign that general manager Terry Ryan is serious about revamping the struggling rotation.
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