Yankees reportedly sign reliever Thornton

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Updated: December 17, 2013

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.