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Yankees sign lefty reliever Matt Thornton

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The New York Yankees have made another key free agent signing, adding relief pitcher Matt Thornton to their bullpen on Tuesday with a two-year, $7 million contract.

Thornton, 37, is coming off a year where he recorded a 3.74 and a 30/15 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings pitched between the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox. Left-handed batters hit just .235 (19-for-81) against Thornton last year, though he did allow three home runs.

An All-Star in 2010, Thornton has had several solid seasons as a member of the White Sox. He has 23 career saves, and had three straight seasons from 2008-10 where he recorded a sub-3.00 ERA.

Thornton should fill the shoes of Boone Logan, who left for the Colorado Rockies after signing a three year, $16.5 million contract. He joins David Robertson and Shawn Kelley as the only relief pitchers certain to be on the team’s Opening Day roster.

Dan is Examiner.com’s beat writer for the New York Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Follow him on Twitter at @danpfeiffer74 for all the latest New York Yankees news.

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