Yankees sign LHP Matt Thornton to two-year deal
Yankees have signed lefty reliever Matt Thornton to a 2-year deal. He will make $3.5 million each season.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 17, 2013
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.
Signing Thornton gives Yankees a power lefty to replace Logan. They got him at a much more reasonable price than Logan signed for ($16.5M).— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 17, 2013
Thornton is a much more reliable option than seeing if Cabral produces in the spring. If Cabral flourishes, Yanks will have another LHR.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 17, 2013
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.