The New York Yankees agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Phil Hughes that avoided salary arbitration, Hughes' representatives from CAA Baseball announced on Monday.
Hughes will make $3.2 million for the season with the opportunity to increase his income by achieving performance-related bonuses.
The 25-year old left-hander was 5-5 with a 5.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 74.2 innings last year, mostly as a starter. He is expected to remain a starter this season, but new additions to the Yankees staff Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda could push Hughes into the bullpen. He last served primarily as a reliever in 2009, when the Yankees won the World Series and Hughes was valuable out of the bullpen, enjoying a 3.03 ERA in 86.0 innings pitched over 51 appearances.
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