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Yankees make Hughes deal official, plus some notes and links

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After Phil Hughes’ agent tweeted his deal, the Yankees made it official with a press release. The release made it clear that Hughes has a non-guaranteed deal, which is pretty standard for arbitration-eligible players.

The Associated Press has the details of Hughes’ performance bonuses. According to the AP:

Hughes can make an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses under the deal: $50,000 for 20 starts, and $25,000 each for 23, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 starts.

Just a few other notes from today…

• With their designated hitter role open, the Yankees have reportedly talked to Hideki Matsui. [3] He could be worth a shot as a low-cost option, but Matsui wasn’t especially good last season.

• Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Red Sox would like to upgrade their rotation [4]and have stayed in contact with Roy Oswalt. According to Rob Bradford, though, the Red Sox would have to dump some salary to sign Oswalt.  [5]

• The Red Sox did sign another veteran pitcher on Monday, finally agreeing to terms with Vicente Padilla. [6]Although Padilla has been a starter and a reliever, he’s expected to compete for a rotation spot.

• Former Yankees lefty Phil Coke avoided arbitration with the Tigers [7] and agreed to a $1.1-million deal. Meanwhile, former Yankees catching prospect Dioner Navarro signed a minor league deal with the Reds.  [8]

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