Three-year deal excessive for Phil Hughes 

December, 1, 2013
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Phil HughesDenis Poroy/Getty ImagesPhil Hughes had a 4.85 ERA over the last three seasons with the Yankees.
The Minnesota Twins needed bulk for their rotation, which was a solid justification for the four-year deal they give Ricky Nolasco, a mid-rotation starter on a good team, earlier in the week.

That's not sufficient to justify the three-year, $24 million deal they just gave Phil Hughes, a fifth starter on a middling team who might be best cast in a relief role because hitters make too much good contact against his fastball.