Twins restructure contract and extend Phil Hughes through 2019

Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with starting pitcher Phil Hughes on a new five-year contract extension, covering the 2015-2019 seasons. Hughes, who was originally signed to a three-year contract last winter which would have paid him $8 million in both 2015 and 2016, will now earn $9.2 million in 2015, $9.2 million in 2016, $13.2 million in 2017, $13.2 million in 2018 and $13.2 million in 2019.

Hughes, 28, went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA (209.2 IP, 82 ER) with 16 walks and 186 strikeouts in 32 starts for the Twins last season. The right-hander set a Major League Baseball record for highest strikeout-to-walk ratio at 11.63 and became the sixth pitcher (7th time) in baseball history to reach 200.0 innings pitched and walk less than 20 batters in a single season. Hughes was the recipient of the Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin and the Joseph W. Haynes Award for the Twins Pitcher of the Year.

The California native has a career record of 72-60 with a 4.32 ERA (990.1 IP, 475 ER) with 261 walks, 842 strikeouts and three complete games in 214 games (164 starts) with the Twins and New York Yankees.