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New York Yankees Sign Rich Hill to Major League Contract; Takes Matt Thornton’s Roster Spot

August 5th, 2014 at 4:02 PM
By Doug Rush

With Matt Thornton being claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the New York Yankees had an extra roster spot available and needed another left-hander for their bullpebn.

The Yankees have added 34-year-old veteran Rich Hill to their bullpen, as they signed him to a major league contract, as Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Jornal reported.

Hill, who had been signed earlier in the summer by the Yankees to a minor-league deal, had been with their Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre team, pitching to a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances.

Earlier in the season, Hill was with the Boston Red Sox and was 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 25 appearances in Class-AAA Pawtucket before being released.

Hill will take Thornton's roster spot and hope to be the short-inning lefty reliever that Thornton was for the Yankees this season and hope he can stick with their major league team.

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