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Yankees, Matt Thornton agree to deal, report says
The Yankees have agreed with lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton on a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. YES Network analyst Jack Curry first reported the news. Curry said Thornton will make $3.5 million during each season of the deal.
The team had a vacancy for a southpaw specialist after Boone Logan left New York for a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies.
Thornton, 37, has a 3.53 ERA and 23 saves in 10 seasons with the Mariners, White Sox and Red Sox. Thornton was traded to Boston on July 12 and made 20 appearances with a 3.52 ERA during the regular season for the eventual World Series champions. He didn't appear in the postseason.
An All-Star in 2010 with the White Sox, Thornton has held lefties to a .233 average and .297 on-base percentage during his career. Righthanders have only performed slightly better against Thornton, posting a .241 average and .324 OBP.
Cesar Cabral, 24, has just 3.2 innings of experience in the majors but could compete to join Thornton as another lefthander in the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees, however, likely weren't comfortable with Cabral as their primary southpaw option.