The New York Yankees have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, according to a source close to the negotiations. The deal was first reported by Jack Curry of YES Network.
Before he signed with the Yankees, Thornton drew significant interest from the Nationals, Astros and Padres, the source confirms. About a dozen teams showed at least some level of interest in signing him this offseason.
Thornton, 37, will fill the left-handed spot in the Yankees' bullpen left vacant by the departure of Boone Logan, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Rockies last week. He will likely see time in the sixth and seventh innings, and is unlikely to be used as a lefty-on-lefty matchup pitcher.