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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Angels acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks for OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel.
The veteran southpaw makes for a nice addition to the Angels bullpen which was lacking in quality left-handed arms. He has done a nice job for the D’Backs this season, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio over his 24 innings of work. Despite adding Thatcher and Jason Grilli this week, the Angels are rumored to still be in the market for further bullpen upgrades. Jul 5 - 12:15 PM

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Angels have agreed to a deal to acquire Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks.

No word yet on the potential return package that the Diamondbacks would be receiving in the trade. There were rumblings late Friday that the Angels were interested in the veteran southpaw, and it appears as though they worked things out quickly. He'll add a much-needed left-handed weapon to manager Mike Scioscia's bullpen.
Jul 5 - 9:58 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels are interested in acquiring a left-handed reliever and are believed to be interested in Diamondbacks southpaw Joe Thatcher.

The 32-year-old is enjoying a fine season in the desert, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio over his 24 frames. He remains one of the top left-handed relievers expected to be available via trade.
Jul 4 - 11:39 PM

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

Ben Nicholson-Smith of 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

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