Posted November 30, 2013

Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes to three-year, $24 million deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent Phil Hughes. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Twins have reportedly signed free agent Phil Hughes. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The  Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Minnesota Twins signed pitcher Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal.

Minnesota agreed to a four-year, $49 million free agent deal with righthander Ricky Nolasco Wednesday, and the club was reportedly looking to add another rotation upgrade.

Hughes, 27, posted a 5.19 ERA in 145 2/3 innings this past season with the Yankees. He’s had some injury troubles, missing almost half of the 2011 season due to shoulder inflammation.

He will join  Nolasco, Kevin Correia and Samuel Deduno in a rebuilt Twins rotation.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune also reported that the Twins might still try to re-sign righthander Mike Pelfrey as well. Pelfrey, 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in his first season back from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, was recently offered a $10 million deal with the Twins. It’s unsure if that deal is still on the table.


22 comments
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

A stupid signing by a desperate organization. $8 million per season for a lousy to mediocre pitcher? A guy who went 4 and 14 last season, even with the Yankee bats to back him up?

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

Ervin Santana was decent for KC this year. Hughes will have the advantages of a hitter's park and low pressure. As a NYY fan, I am glad he's not back in NY, but it's not a tragic gamble for the Twins.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

The "average" hitter vs Hughes in 2013 would be worth millions to any team.   All hitters combined against Hughes had 581 at bats, 38 doubles, 24 home runs, hit .293 with a slugging average of .492.  People still high on Hughes are living in 2009-2010.

psychsports
psychsports

I think that any player is worth what another team thinks he is. That is his market value.  The fun of discussing whether we think it is a good idea or bad one to sign Hughes is what makes sports fans. 

The best thing about conjecture at this point will be at the end of the day if Hughes's performance was worth what the Twins payed him

Finally, if you have a kid who plays ball hope he is a pitcher! 

psychologyofsports.com

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

$8 mil/year for a guy who gives up more homers than gets outs...Have fun Minnesota...The ball flies out of there just as fast


edmund959
edmund959

The guy is a bust as a starter. Flyball pitcher who is not known for his work ethic. Yankees sent him to “fat camp” last year. At least they won't have to worry about PED's...

effeweall
effeweall

he will post great numbers with no pressure on him

Batgao
Batgao

I say this is worth a gamble and a Bargain.. yes i say it a Bargain! with all the prices of contracts being thrown out there i say his contract would become the steal of this years free agency class.. Hughes is a good pitcher he just needs a new surrounding and a new pitching coach.. he will strive in the twins. won't be surprised if he ended up being the ace of the twins. i say he is a much more worthy pitcher than nolasco.. The twins Hughes signing is A+ but their Nolasco signing is C-..

joe6647
joe6647

The $24 million would have been better spent on Kirby Puckett as a DH

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Looks like even small-market teams like to overpay for mediocre players. 

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Combined WAR over past three seasons of 1.1.  Average per year of 0.37.   A WAR pt is worth roughly $5.2M.  So that works out to a little less than $2M per year.   Hard to understand why a team would pay 4 times his typical earned production and then guarantee it for 3 years. 

tom o
tom o

WTF? I think they could have signed him for 3 years and $24

SteelyDon
SteelyDon

A lot less than the 5 years 80 million Buster Olney said he would get when the season began.

eddie767
eddie767

Talk about being desperate. If you're going to overpay,do it on someone who spends more time on the field not DL.

psychsports
psychsports

@DanaBunner I agree but you have to ask what did the Twins see in Hughes? That is a fair question. 

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

@DanaBunner Sooo because some nerd who never played the game comes up with some statistical measurement...It makes Phil Hughes worth a damn??? Sorry...I'm a Yankee fan and I'm glad he can't kill us next year...Now if we could off load Boone Logan, Curtis Granderson, and A-Fraud...Life will be perfect in the Bronx

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@eddie767 Hughes doesn't spend much time on the DL.  He mad 32 starts in 2012 and 29 in 2013.  But you'd better have a lot of arms in your bullpen.   He only averages 5 innings a start.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@JohnnyDee1 @DanaBunner Baseball is all about statistics.  A pitcher has to keep runners off base and from scoring.   His average year over the past 3 seasons is to pitch 137 innings with an ERA of 4.86.  So yes, I would say that makes him not worth a damn.  He won some games in one of those seasons because he was pitching on a team which scored a lot of runs.  But his average record over those three seasons was 8-11.  All three seasons while pitching for a team with a winning record.