Twins’ Hughes Sign Extension After Losing $500,000 Bonus to Rain

Phil Hughes agreed to a three-year extension with the Minnesota Twins, getting a raise that will help offset the $500,000 bonus he lost last season because of a rain delay in his final start.

The Twins didn’t release financial terms of the deal, which will keep the right-hander under contract through 2019. The $42 million extension, when combined with his current deal, is the most lucrative contract for a pitcher in franchise history, according to MLB.com.

Hughes, 28, went 16-10 in his first season with the Twins after seven with the New York Yankees. He had a 3.52 earned-run average with 186 strikeouts, and set an MLB record with a 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Hughes needed to pitch 8 1/3 innings in his final start of the season to trigger a $500,000 performance incentive from his contract. After allowing one run through eight innings, he was prepared to start the ninth when a 65-minute rain delay ended his day. He declined the team’s offer to pitch a single out in relief in one of Minnesota’s final three games.

Under the new contract, Hughes’s salary in 2015 and 2016 will increase to $9.2 million from $8 million, according to MLB.com. He’ll be paid $13.2 million from 2017-19.

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