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Rich Thompson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays signed RHP Rich Thompson to a minor league contract.
The deal includes a spring training invite. Thompson appeared in three games between the Athletics and Angels, but spent the majority of the season at the Triple-A level. The 28-year-old right-hander had a 3.00 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 54 innings, so he could surprise if given the opportunity. Tue, Dec 11, 2012 12:19:00 PM

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Athletics sent RHP Rich Thompson outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Thompson, who was just claimed off waivers from the Angels last week, was designated for assignment on Wednesday. However, he'll head down to the minors going unclaimed. It's a minor surprise, as he has a solid 2.93 ERA over 77 major league innings since the start of 2010, but the A's will happily keep him around as depth.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Athletics designated RHP Rich Thompson for assignment.

He was cleared to make room for righty reliever Jim Miller on the active roster. Thompson was just claimed off waivers from the Angels last week and may find himself in another organization in the coming days. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 2.93 ERA and 74/25 K/BB in 77 innings since 2010.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Athletics claimed RHP Rich Thompson off waivers from the Angels.

Thompson struggled early on this season before being designated for assignment, but he posted a 1.31 ERA over 13 appearances with the big club last year and a 0.61 ERA and 30/10 K/BB ratio at the Triple-A level. The A's still need to clear a spot on their roster to accommodate Thompson.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 03:05:00 PM

The Angels are looking to trade Rich Thompson over the next few days before they place him on waivers, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

"Hard to see anyone biting," Gonzalez wrote, noting that Thompson's velocity is "way" down. Thompson, 27, could be claimed by another club given his 2011 success in which he posted a 1.31 ERA over 13 appearances with the big club and a 0.61 ERA and 30/10 K/BB ratio at the Triple-A level. Los Angeles won't receive much of anything even if they are successful in dealing the reliever. Thompson originally signed with the Angels out of Australia in 2002 at the age of 17.
Sun, Apr 15, 2012 10:21:00 PM

Angels designated RHP Rich Thompson for assignment.

Thompson, 27, is out of options and could be claimed by another club given his 2011 success. In two appearances this season, he allowed four runs over 2 1/3 innings.
Sat, Apr 14, 2012 09:41:00 AM

Rich Thompson enters spring training out of options.

The Angels' bullpen is awful crowded, so making the Opening Day roster isn't a sure thing. Thompson is competing with Jordan Walden, Jason Bulger, Michael Kohn, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Palmer for one of three spots. Thompson originally signed with the Angels out of Australia in 2002 at the age of 17. Now 26 years old, he posted a 1.31 ERA over 13 appearances with the big club last season and a 0.61 ERA and 30/10 K/BB ratio at the Triple-A level.
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 11:11:00 PM

Angels activated RHP Rich Thompson from the 15-day disabled list.

Thompson had been dealing with inflammation in his pitching shoulder but appears to be over it. He boasts a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 relief innings for the Halos this year.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 01:57:00 AM

Angels placed RHP Rich Thompson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5, with right shoulder inflammation.

The 26-year-old Thompson has thrown up a 1.86 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in six relief appearances for the Angels this season. The Angels are hoping that he will be able to return as soon as his 15 days are up.
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 08:21:00 PM

Angels recalled RHP Rich Thompson from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Thompson has been fantastic with the Bees this season, posting a stingy 0.61 ERA and a 30/10 K/BB ratio. Don't get too excited, though. He has a 7.71 ERA in 22 major leagues appearances.
Fri, Jul 2, 2010 07:46:00 PM

Angels recalled RHP Rich Thompson from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Thompson has a 5.40 ERA, 1.80 ERA and 18/7 K/BB ratio in 12 games out of the Angels' bullpen this season. He'll be used sparingly in middle relief.
Tue, Sep 1, 2009 08:29:00 AM

Angels optioned RHP Rich Thompson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Thompson had a 5.40 ERA in 12 games with the Angels this season. He gave up three runs, including a pair of homers, in his last appearance against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Sat, Jul 11, 2009 02:27:00 PM

Angels recalled RHP Rich Thompson from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Thompson allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings for the Angels in April, but should not be a consideration in fantasy leagues.
Wed, May 27, 2009 04:53:00 PM

Angels optioned RHP Rich Thompson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Thompson allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings, but the Angels oipted to keep Daniel Davidson and Kevin Jepsen over him for now.
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 01:58:00 PM

Angels purchased the contract of pitcher Rich Thompson from Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Australian right-hander was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three appearances with Salt Lake this season. He made nine appearances over the past two seasons with the Angels, with a 13.50 ERA in 8 2/3 innings.
Sat, Apr 18, 2009 06:46:00 PM

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2B1Ryan Goins
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3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Colby Rasmus
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