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Matt Thornton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/15/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Grand Valley State
Contract: view contract details

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According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, the Twins are not interested in free agent southpaw Matt Thornton.
Wolfson believed that the Twins would be a fit due to their need for a quality left-handed arm in the late innings and Thornton's familiarity with the American League Central. Wolfson notes that there are "seven or so" teams in the mix that have already expressed interest in Thornton. Nov 22 - 10:24 PM

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The Braves are pursuing free agent reliever Matt Thornton, a source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Thornton, 39, owned a 2.18 ERA over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals in 2015. His market has been quiet to date, but good lefty relievers are scarce enough that Thornton will certainly find a job in some team's bullpen for 2016. The Braves' pen is thin enough that Thornton could carve out a late-inning role for himself should he wind up in Atlanta.
Nov 19 - 10:32 PM

Matt Thornton tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday to finish off the Reds.

He didn't get a save, as Thornton entered the game with a four-run lead. However, it's notable that he was warming up before the Nationals added an extra run in the bottom of the eighth. With Jonathan Papelbon (suspension) and Drew Storen (hand) done for the season, it looks like Thornton is the guy to own for saves with the Nats for the final week.
Sep 28 - 6:25 PM

Nationals claimed LHP Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees.

Thornton was claimed by the Nationals after being placed on revocable waivers and the Yankees simply decided to let him go. The 37-year-old has posted a 2.55 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this season, mostly in a specialist role. The Nationals will be responsible for the remainder of his contract, which includes a $3.5 million salary for next season. The Yankees could soon call up prospect Jacob Lindgren to take his place in the bullpen.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 02:39:00 PM

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

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

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