Hughes, Yankees avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Phil HughesPhil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Hughes, 26, was 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts with the Yankees last season and was arbitration eligible for the third and final time.

The deal is worth $7.15 million for Hughes, who is entering an important year as he could be a free agent after the season. The right-hander earned $3.2 million last season.

New York has three arbitration eligible players remaining; pitchers Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and David Robertson.

The Yankees have not gone to arbitration since 2008, when they defeated pitcher Chien-Ming Wang in a hearing.

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