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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with LHP Joe Thatcher by agreeing to a one-year, $2.375 million contract.
Thatcher was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The left specialist posted a 3.20 ERA over 72 appearances for the Padres and D'Backs last season. Jan 17 - 1:35 PM

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Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca believes it's unlikely that Joe Thatcher will be non-tendered by the Diamondbacks.

Thatcher struggled mightily during his time with the Diamondbacks after a mid-season trade, posting a 6.75 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 7/6 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. He remains a reliable and effective option out of the bullpen however, and still just 32-years-old, should have plenty of good innings left in him.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation B draft pick from the Padres for RHP Ian Kennedy.

It's a shockingly low price for someone who looked like a rotation staple in Arizona not too long ago. However, Kennedy has struggled this season and the Diamondbacks might not have been too hot on giving him a raise in arbitration. As a result, they used him to acquire some relief help. Thatcher has bounced back from shoulder problems to post a solid 2.10 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season. He should be a solid addition to the D-Backs' bullpen. The compensatory draft pick will fall between the second and third rounds next year.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 02:53:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Padres are more likely to deal Joe Thatcher than Luke Gregerson.

Furthermore, Stark hears that the Padres are declining any offers for their outfielders. Finally back to form following shoulder issues, Thatcher has a 2.10 ERA and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season. Left-handed relievers have a lot of value in this market, so the Padres could fetch a nice prospect in return.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 09:12:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Braves are interest in Joe Thatcher.

The Braves are sure to add a left-handed reliever at the deadline, and it's no surprise Thatcher is on their watch list. The southpaw holds a 2.25 ERA this season and has left left-handed batters to a .206/.266/.315 batting line during his career. He's making $1.35 million in 2013 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time over the winter.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 07:07:00 PM

Joe Thatcher earned his fifth hold by tossing two-thirds of a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Monday night.

When healthy, the southpaw has been terrific for the Padres. Between 2009-2011, he posted a 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 10.9 K/9 rate. This year he is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB rate over 21 appearances. As an effective LOOGY who calls PETCO home, Thatcher is a solid middle reliever in deeper NL-only formats.
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:45:00 AM

Padres avoided arbitration with LHP Joe Thatcher by agreeing to a one-year, $1.35 million contract.

It was Thatcher's second year of arbitration eligibility. When healthy, the southpaw has been terrific for the Padres since 2009, posting a 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 10.9 K/9 rate. He's coming off of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee but is expected to be fine for spring training.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 08:24:00 AM

Joe Thatcher will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on October 10.

Thatcher has pitched through tendinitis this month, making the decision to delay surgery until the offseason. He's expected to be 100 percent by spring training.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 03:13:00 PM

Padres activated LHP Joe Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list.

The 30-year-old left-hander posted an 0-4 record, 3.42 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 26 1/3 innings before hitting the disabled list on July 30 with tendinitis in his right knee. He'll return to his role as a situational lefty.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 05:03:00 PM

Joe Thatcher (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Thatcher began a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore Wednesday, and if he gets through that appearance OK, he'll be activated for the series against the Rockies. He might still require offseason knee surgery.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 07:43:00 PM

Joe Thatcher (knee) threw a simulated game Monday.

He'll be ready for a short rehab assignment soon. Thatcher is expected to eventually need surgery on his right knee but is hoping to delay it until the offseason.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 07:22:00 PM

Joe Thatcher (knee) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Thatcher has been sidelined since late July with tendinitis in his right knee. He'll need surgery on the knee eventually but is hoping to return later this season and delay the operation until the offseason.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 01:59:00 PM

Joe Thatcher could need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Thatcher went on the DL last month with tendinitis in the knee, but he soon developed sharp pain after that. He did say it's been "a lot better" in recent days to the point where he still thinks he could return later this season. Even if he does come back this year, Thatcher will have surgery over the offseason to address the issue.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 10:10:00 PM

Padres placed LHP Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with tendinitis in his right knee.

Thatcher sat out all weekend because of the knee discomfort and hadn't made enough progress by Monday afternoon. The 30-year-old left-hander has posted a 3.42 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 26 1/3 innings this season. He should be back within three weeks.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 03:34:00 PM

Joe Thatcher was unavailable for a second straight game Saturday due to a sore right knee.

The Padres don't think he'll need a stint on the disabled list, but it's not clear when he'll be ready to pitch again. Thatcher holds a 3.42 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while striking out over a batter per inning in 40 games for the Pads this season.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 12:59:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Martin Prado
2Eric Chavez
LF1Mark Trumbo
2Cody Ross
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Gerardo Parra
2Tony Campana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Brandon McCarthy
2Wade Miley
3Trevor Cahill
4Bronson Arroyo
5Josh Collmenter
6Daniel Hudson
7Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Addison Reed
2J.J. Putz
3Brad Ziegler
4Oliver Perez
5Mike Bolsinger
6Joe Thatcher
7Randall Delgado
8Matt Reynolds
9Ryan Rowland-Smith
10David Hernandez