Minnesota Twins announce deal with Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes delivers a pitch during a workout

Phil Hughes delivers a pitch during a workout at spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have signed former Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract.

The Twins reached agreement with Hughes last week and finished it on Thursday after the 27-year-old passed his physical. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA for the Yankees last season.

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The Twins are hoping that a move out of hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to spacious Target Field will help Hughes rediscover the promise he showed earlier in his career. Hughes was a first-round draft pick and an All-Star in 2010.

Twins starters had the worst ERA in baseball last season, so GM Terry Ryan has been aggressive in trying to upgrade the staff.

The Twins signed right-hander Ricky Nolasco to a $49 million, four-year contract Tuesday.

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