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Matt Thornton | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/15/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (22) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.
The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason. Feb 7 - 10:23 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Free agent reliever Matt Thornton said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "waiting for a team to show serious interest."

Thornton believes that he has proved himself and has considered walking away from the game if he doesn't get a guaranteed major league deal. The 39-year-old posted a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season and held left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line.
Feb 3 - 11:19 AM

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have been in touch with the agent for free agent reliever Matt Thornton.

Antonio Bastardo is a free agent, so the Pirates would have a need for another left-hander assuming he signs elsewhere. However, Nesbitt hears that it's not a top priority right now. Thornton, 39, had a 2.18 ERA over 60 appearances this past season with the Nationals, but his strikeout rate decreased nearly five percent from 2014.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was told by Matt Thornton's agent, Adam Hubble, that about six teams have expressed interest in his client.

Hubble adds that he's had "multiple conversations" with the Twins regarding Thornton. The left-hander turned 39 in September but says he wants to pitch for another 3-4 years. He put up a 2.18 ERA over 60 appearances with the Nationals in 2015, although he struck out only 23 across 41 1/3 innings.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 08:18:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 10:24:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 10:32:00 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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:25:00 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

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