New York Yankees have signed Matt Thornton on a two-year $7 million contract, according to ESPN.com.
Thorton’s agent Adam Hubble revealed the news on Tuesday, which is subject to a medical. The experienced 37-year-old has left Boston Red Sox after being left off the playoff roster due to injury.
The left-handed reliever was selected to replace Yankee’s hero Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of last season after spending his whole 18-year career in New York. Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan left in free agency.
Thornton will replace Logan as the Yankee’s left-hander in the bullpen after one season at the Red Sox. He only managed 20 games due to injury and is looking for a fresh start in New York.
As a result there will be high expectations on the experienced reliever who will have to fill the boots of a Yankee’s favourite.
The lefty was traded to the Red Sox from Chicago White Sox last season after spending eight years there, becoming an All-Star in 2010.
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