Yankees sign LHP Matt Thornton to two-year deal

12/17/2013 3:46 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees have signed left-handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton to a two-year deal worth a total of $7 million, a deal first reported by YES Network’s Jack Curry.

Thonrton, a former first-round pick of the Mariners in 1998, split last season between the White Sox and Red Sox, appearing in 60 games and pitching to a 3.74 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched. He will replace Boone Logan in the Yankees’ bullpen, and as Curry noted, ended up with a deal less than half of Logan’s with Colorado despite having a fairly comparable line.

For his career, Thornton has a 3.53 ERA over 606 games, with 582 strikeouts in 568.1 innings, and while he will be the lead southpaw in the Yankees’ pen, he might not be the only one.

The Yankees also reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth at least $2 million with second baseman Brian Roberts on Tuesday, and with the 40-man roster full, both moves will require a corresponding transaction to clear a space.

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