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New York Yankees sign former-Red Sox star to replace legend Rivera

Thorton's season was plagued by injury for the Boston Red Sox (©GettyImages)
Thorton's season was plagued by injury for the Boston Red Sox (©GettyImages).

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.

ESPN reported: “Hubble said that he and Thornton evaluated the market and felt the Yankees offered the best opportunity with a chance to win.”

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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