Three-year deal excessive for Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes had a 4.85 ERA over the last three seasons with the Yankees. Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins needed bulk for their rotation, which was a solid justification for the four-year deal they give Ricky Nolasco, a mid-rotation starter on a good team, earlier in the week.

That's not sufficient to justify the three-year, $24 million deal they just gave Phil Hughes, a fifth starter on a middling team who might be best cast in a relief role because hitters make too much good contact against his fastball.