Minnesota Twins sign pitcher Phil Hughes to three-year contract

Sep 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday afternoon, it was reported that starting pitcher Phil Hughes ‘laughed off’ the notion that he would take a two-year deal.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Hughes’ desire to wait things out paid off as the former New York Yankees starting pitcher agreed to a three-year deal, $24 million dollar deal with the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins are expected to announce the signing of free-agent righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal this week, according to a person with knowledge of negotiations.

Hughes could be in the Twin Cities as early as this weekend for a physical, the person said. A physical usually is the final step before a deal is formally announced.

The pitching hungry Twins have now signed both Ricky Nolasco and the aforementioned Hughes and are still reportedly in negotiations to bring back fellow starter Mike Pelfrey.

Of course, none of the above names strike fear into opposing offenses but for a team so desperate to add starters, the Twins certainly could have done worse.

Hughes was relatively awful for the Yankees last season, posting a dreadful 4-14 record alongside a 5.19 ERA, though still just 27-years-old, the former first round pick does come with some promise and leaving the tough American League East should help statistically.

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