Yankees sign reliever Matt Thornton

Matt Thornton has joined the Yankees

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The New York Yankees have signed reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year contract.

Thornton, 37, spent last season split between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

The veteran left hander finished 2013 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP but held left handed batters to a .235 batting average. He will earn $7 million over the course of the two-year deal with the Yankees.

Thornton will take over for another former White Sox left hander in Boone Logan. The Rockies signed Logan to a three-year deal worth $16.5 million.

If nothing else Thornton should offer the White Sox a capable left handed relief arm. Earlier on Monday the Yankees came to terms on a contract with second baseman Brian Roberts, formerly of the Baltimore Orioles.

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