Twins Designate Hughes For Assignment
The Minnesota Twins have designated starting pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment. The move was announced Monday night, with a corresponding roster move to follow.
Hughes is the third-highest paid Twin with a $13.2 million salary in 2018, trailing only Joe Mauer's $23 million and Ervin Santana's $13.5. The veteran right-hander is also owed $13.2 million in 2019.
Hughes joined the Twins as a free agent before the 2014 season and had one of the best years in team history with a 13-6 record and 3.56 earned run average. Hughes set an all-time MLB record for strikeout to walk ratio with 186 strikeouts and just 16 walks issued (11.63).
However, Hughes has dealt with a myriad of injuries over the past four seasons and has pitched just 280 innings while allowing 163 runs.