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New York Yankees Officially Sign LHP Matt Thornton to a Two Year Deal

January 11th, 2014 at 3:30 AM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees made it official on Friday signing lefty reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year $7 million contract.

'Matt Thornton' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The original deal was agreed upon a couple of weeks ago, but the official signing through the 2015 season.

After lefty specialist Boone Logan signed with the Colorado Rockies the Yankees needed to fill the lefty reliever role. The 37 year old Thornton has pitched 10 years in the Major Leagues for Seattle, Chicago White Sox and last year for the Boston Red Sox. Matt has logged over 550 innings with a 3.53 ERA over his career and last season appeared in 60 games between the White Sox and Red Sox posting an 0-4 record with a 3.74 ERA. He had 30 strikeouts and walked 15 over 43 innings and lefties batted .235 with an OPS of .638.

Thornton was traded from Chicago to Boston on July 12 and made 20 appearances with the Red Sox though he never pitched in postseason play. Thornton has over his last eight years pitched in at least 60 games proving to be a durable reliever.

To make room on the roster the Yankees designated outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment.

Thornton will be paid $3,500,000 each year for the next two seasons. Currently the Yankees have 20 pitchers on their 40 man-roster going into Spring Training and 7 of those are lefties.

Pitchers and catchers report on Feb 14 and full squad on Feb 19 with games beginning on Feb 25. The Yankees open against the Florida State Seminoles at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

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