It's official: The Phil Hughes era in New York is over. Hughes has signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.
Neal says that the deal with be announced by the Twins this week, and Hughes will undergo a physical in the next couple of days, at the earliest.
Minnesota locked up the 27-year-old Hughes on a three-year after a year in which he pitched to a 4.19 ERA in 145 innings last season for the Yankees -- another disappointing season that forced the Yankees to not give him a one-year, $14 million qualifying offer in fear that he would actually accept it.
In seven seasons with the Yankees, Hughes went 56-50 with a 4.54 ERA. His best season came in 2010, when he finished 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA and 146 strikeouts.
Hughes will benefit from the spacious Target Field in Minnesota after pitching in the small, hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium where he's giving up more than 70 homeruns throughout his career.
He'll be joining a rotation that recently added Ricky Nolasco earlier this week on a four-year deal, mixing in with guys like Samuel Deduno, Andrew Albers, Scott Diamond and Liam Hendriks competing for the final two spots.
Hughes was also drawing interest from the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels.
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