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Twins sign right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes


Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million contract.

Hughes, 27, made 30 appearances (29 starts) for the New York Yankees last season going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA (145.2 IP, 84 ER), 121 strikeouts and 42 walks. The California native went 16-13 with a 4.19 ERA, 165 strikeouts and just 46 walks in a career-high 191.1 innings pitched in 2012.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right-hander was a 2010 All-Star as a member of the Yankees after beginning the season 11-2, the fourth most wins in the majors at the All-Star Break. Hughes was originally selected by the Yankees 23rd overall in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Foothill (Calif.) High School.

He has a career record of 56-50 with a 4.53 ERA (780.2 IP, 393 ER), 656 strikeouts and 245 walks in 182 appearances (132 starts) spanning seven seasons; including an 18-win season in 2010.

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