Joe Thatcher RP ARI 2 Months
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI 3 Months
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI 7 Months
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI 8 Months
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI 10 Months
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI Jan 18 '13
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI Aug 29 '12
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.
Joe Thatcher RP ARI Aug 19 '12
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.