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Phil Hughes, Yankees agree to one-year deal

Right-hander avoids arbitration with $7.15 million pact
01/17/2013 12:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Phil Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts in 2012.(AP)
The New York Yankees have avoided arbitration with pitcher Phil Hughes, inking the right-hander to a one-year, $7.15 million contract.

By avoiding arbitration, Hughes got more than double the $3.2 million he made with the Yankees in 2012, when he went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 regular-season starts and 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA in a pair of postseason outings.

This was Hughes’ final arbitration-eligible year, meaning the 26-year-old will be eligible for free agency for the first time after next season.

Hughes is technically the third Yankee to avoid arbitration this offseason, but just the second who will be with the team; outfielder Brett Gardner agreed a one-year, $2.85 million contract back in December, while since-departed catcher Eli Whiteside inked a $625,000 deal on Nov. 26 but was designated for assignment two days later.

With Hughes now on board, the Yankees have three players remaining in arbitration, all of whom are pitchers: right-handers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, and lefty Boone Logan.

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