The Twins and pitcher Phil Hughes reportedly agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $42 million.
The deal will keep Hughes with the team through the 2019 season. Just last offseason, the Twins signed Hughes to a three-year deal worth $24 million after he spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees.
Hughes went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 32 starts last season, while pitching 209 2/3 innings. He was 1/3 of an inning short of collecting a $500,000 bonus but decided not to pitch out of the bullpen the last weekend of the season to earn the bonus.
According to the report, Hughes will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016, then $13.2 million in the final three seasons of the deal. The contract calls for Hughes to have the ability to block trades to three teams each season. He will also earn an extra $200,000 each season he pitches over 200 innings.
The 28-year-old Hughes has a career record of 72-60 with a 4.33 ERA with 842 strikeouts.
- Scooby Axson