Well, well, well, the Minnesota Twins are making some moves this offseason. Late on Saturday, La Velle E. Neal, III of the Star Tribune reported that this next week the Twins will announce the signing of right-handed start Phil Hughes.
Neal reports that the deal is for three years and $24 million. This would be the second largest money wise free agent signing in Twins history after the recent singing of Ricky Nolasco.
Neal also notes in the story that the Twins are still going strong after ex-Twin A.J. Pierzynski to help with the catching position after Joe Mauer’s move to first. Neal’s source states that the Twins want more winners in the clubhouse.
Back to Phil Hughes; Hughes has been a member of the New York Yankees for his entire professional career. Hughes broke into the major leagues in 2007 and has been a full-time starter for the Bronx Bombers since 2010.
In 2013, Hughes appeared in 30 games (29 starts) with a record of 4-14 pitching a total of 145.2 innings. Hughes sported a 5.19 ERA and 1.455 WHIP last season. He has a career 4.54 ERA and a 1.322 WHIP.
Hughes’ WAR last season was a negative, -0.7.