The Minnesota Twins opened their wallet this week for much needed pitching.
Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes signed a three-year deal worth a reported $24 million. The 27 year old will join a pitching staff in much need of an overhaul.
With the Yankees, Hughes had a breakout year in 2012 going 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA. In 2013 he went just 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA.
He is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Cities in the next couple of days and will undergo a physical before he is officially introduced as a Twin.
Along with Hughes, the Twins added right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who agreed to a four-year, $48 million dollar contract. He was introduced to the media today and will wear No. 47. Thirty year old Nolasco’s contract is the largest free-agent signing in Twins history. The previous record was Josh Willingham who signed for $21 million/three year deal before the 2012 season.
Nolaso is an ex-Dodger and Marlin who posted a 3.70 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 46 walks in 199 1/3 innings between the two clubs last season.
It’s hard to say at this point if spending nearly $75 million on two players is good, but Twins fans should be hopeful that the team is going after talent. As we remember all too well, pitching has been the crux of the issues the team has had in the past two seasons. The Twins ranked #29 out of 30 teams with the worst ERA in 2013.