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Matt Thornton | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/15/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Grand Valley State
Contract: view contract details

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Yankees signed LHP Matt Thornton to a two-year, $7 million contract.
Thorton, 37, is coming off a 3.74 ERA and 30/15 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings this past season between the White Sox and Red Sox. He's a cost-effective replacement for Boone Logan, who suckered the Rockies into paying him $16.5 million over three years. Thornton, at this point in his career, is a decent middle-inning relief option. Tue, Dec 17, 2013 12:37:00 PM

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that six to seven teams are interested in free agent reliever Matt Thornton.

Cotillo hears that the Nationals are one of them. Thorton, 37, is coming off a 3.74 ERA and 30/15 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings this past season between the White Sox and Red Sox. He's not the dominant reliever he once was, but should still be useful in 2014.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Red Sox declined LHP Matt Thornton's $6 million option for 2014.

The 36-year-old southpaw will receive a $1 million buy-out and become a free agent. Even after a disappointing season where he registered a 3.74 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 30/15 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings he should be highly sought after this Winter.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Matt Thornton will not be on the World Series roster for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox had Thornton throw a simulated game Tuesday at Fenway Park, which led to some speculation that he could be added to the roster for the Fall Classic. However, the Red Sox have decided against making any changes from the ALDS/ALCS.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:18:00 AM

Matt Thornton threw a bullpen session Monday and will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

Thornton was left off the roster for the ALDS and the ALCS, but the Red Sox want him ready just in case. While there's a chance the veteran left-hander could be added to the roster for the World Series, possibly in place of Franklin Morales, he hasn't pitched in a game since September 29.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Red Sox activated LHP Matt Thornton from the 15-day disabled list.

Thornton missed three weeks with a strained oblique and will return to a left-handed setup role. The 36-year-old has a 3.47 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 50 relief appearances this season.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Matt Thornton (oblique) threw a simulated game Friday.

Thornton hasn't had any setbacks with his strained right oblique and should avoid a rehab assignment. The Red Sox are hoping to activate him from the disabled list Sunday.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Matt Thornton (oblique) threw on flat ground Tuesday.

"He threw flat ground today after he threw long toss," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "No symptoms in the oblique that he’s been dealing with, so he’s advancing pretty good given our first initial thought when he first walked off the mound." Thornton is eligible to return on August 20, but he'll likely need a rehab assignment first.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 07:11:00 PM

Red Sox placed LHP Matt Thornton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5, with a right oblique strain.

Thornton suffered the injury Sunday and will now get some extended rest. Look for him to return earlier this month. The Red Sox have called up Pedro Beato to replace him in the bullpen.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Matt Thornton has felt continued improvement with his strained right oblique.

Thornton suffered the injury Sunday, but it appears that he'll be available out of the bullpen soon. "He feels improved, just by going through range of motion type movements," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "If it's not really restricted, he'll play light catch up to 90 feet. A roster decision may have to be made if we don't see further progression by tomorrow. He's improved and we want to give him another day."
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Matt Thornton was removed from Sunday's game with a right oblique issue.

The full extent of the injury isn't yet known, but it's very possible that Thornton will be placed on the disabled list. Franklin Morales is nearing the end of his rehab assignment and will likely replace him on the active roster.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Matt Thornton left Sunday's game with an apparent injury.

Thornton was removed from the game in the eighth inning. The Red Sox will provide an update on his status soon.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Red Sox acquired LHP Matt Thornton and cash considerations from the White Sox for OF Brandon Jacobs.

The Red Sox will also receive $750,000 from the White Sox to cover a portion of his remaining salary. Thornton is regarded as one of the top left-handed relievers in the game and makes for a solid addition to Boston's bullpen. In 28 innings this season, he has posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB. He'll serve in a setup role in front of closer Koji Uehara.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 10:43:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are eyeing Matt Thornton as a possible trade option.

Rosenthal says Thornton is one name on a "long list" of bullpen targets for the Red Sox. He also adds that the Braves kicked the tires on the left-hander, but their interest is "limited." Thornton has posted a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 38 games this season.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 02:11:00 PM

Matt Thornton picked up his 12th hold in Sunday's victory against the A's.

The 36-year-old (3.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) ranks fifth in the American League in holds, giving him plenty of value in formats that reward for that stat. Unfortunately, Thornton hasn't been as dominant as in years past, likely due to his diminished velocity. After averaging more than a strikeout per inning over the course of his career, Thornton has a rough 11/8 K/BB ratio over 28 appearances. He's transitioned from dominant setup man to specialist.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 12:23:00 AM

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C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Kelly Johnson
3Zelous Wheeler
4Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
S1CC Sabathia
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Masahiro Tanaka
4Michael Pineda
5Brandon McCarthy
6David Phelps
7Chase Whitley
8Ivan Nova
9Shane Greene
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Matt Thornton
5Adam Warren
6David Huff
7Jeff Francis