Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.
The Twins and the 28-year-old right-hander agreed Monday to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19.
Hughes went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and led the major leagues among qualifying pitchers with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He had been scheduled to make $8 million each of the next two seasons as part of a $24 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent after leaving the New York Yankees.
He will make $9.2 million in each of the next two years and $13.2 million annually from 2017-19.
The deal includes $200,000 per year in available performance bonuses. It also includes a limited no-trade provision.
In what was another long season for the Twins’ starting rotation, Hughes was the one guy the team could rely on each time he took the mound. He was coming off a woeful season with the Yankees in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA and had given up 59 home runs his previous two seasons. Hughes was revitalized in pitcher-friendly Target Field.
Hughes allowed 16 homers and walked 16 batters, becoming the sixth pitcher in baseball history to walk fewer than 20 batters while pitching at least 200 innings in a season.
As part of the original deal he signed with the Twins before last season, Hughes would have received a $500,000 bonus for reaching 210 innings pitched.
But he finished with 209 2/3 and turned down a chance to pitch out of the bullpen the final weekend to earn the extra money.
Dodgers will pay for Kemp
The Los Angeles Dodgers owe the Padres $18 million next year as part of the $32 million they agreed to pay in last week’s trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.
Los Angeles will give San Diego six $3 million installments in 2015, payable on the first of each month during the regular season, according to information obtained by the Associated Press.
The Dodgers owe $3.5 million annually in each of the following four seasons.
Romo, Giants wrap it up
Free agent reliever Sergio Romo has finalized a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, keeping a key member of the bullpen from three championship runs.
Romo, 31, could earn an additional $500,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games finished as part of Monday’s agreement.
The right-hander went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 23 saves in 64 outings last season with the Giants.
Martinez wins Fuchs Award
Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has won the prestigious Fuchs (fyoox) Award from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The award for long and meritorious service to baseball is named for Judge Emil Fuchs, former owner of the Boston Braves. Past winners include Hank Aaron, Marvin Miller and Ernie Harwell.
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