Yankees reportedly sign reliever Thornton
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees have added another free agent to their offseason spending spree, with the YES Network reporting Tuesday that the team has reached agreement with relief pitcher Matt Thornton on a two-year contract.
Thornton, who split last season between the Chicago White Sox and the defending World champion Boston Red Sox, will earn $3.5 million in each year of the deal according to YES.
The veteran lefty posted an 0-4 record with a 3.74 earned run average over 60 appearances last season, but was left off the Red Sox' postseason roster during this past fall's World Series run and had his option declined by the club last month.
Over 10 major league seasons with Seattle, Chicago and Boston, Thornton has compiled a 32-42 record with a 3.53 ERA and 23 saves over 606 career games. The 37-year-old's best season came with the White Sox in 2008, when he went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA. He was also named to the American League All-Star team in 2010.
The Yankees brought in Thornton as the likely replacement for fellow southpaw Boone Logan, who signed a three-year contract with Colorado on Monday.
12/17 17:34:24 ET