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Twins sign pitcher Ricky Nolasco to 4-year contract

Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Free-agent starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has signed a four-year contract with the Minnesota Twins, the club announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal for the 30-year-old right-hander weren't announced, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported it was worth $49 million with a guaranteed $12 million salary per year and a club option for 2018.

The free-agent signing is the richest-ever for the Twins, far surpassing outfielder Josh Willingham's three-year, $21 million deal in 2012.

Nolasco went 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) over 199 1/3 innings split between Miami and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

His best stint came with the Dodgers, whom he helped to the National League West championship with an 8-3 mark and 3.52 ERA in 16 appearances.

Nolasco sports a career 89-75 record and 4.37 ERA since his 2006 major league debut.

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