D-Backs, LHP Thatcher agree to 1-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Joe Thatcher, agreeing to a one-year contract with the reliever. The 32-year-old left-hander was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 72 appearances with the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres last season. Thatcher came to Arizona as part of the July 31 trade that sent right-hander Ian Kennedy to the Padres. Since 2007, Thatcher ranks third...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs' Thatcher the consummate specialist

PHOENIX -- Joe Thatcher set a school record for 3-point shooting in high school, which goes a long way toward explaining his success as a major league reliever. The theory is the same, whether it is putting a ball in a basket or putting a smaller ball on the outside corner."It's all about repetition and having the confidence that when the ball leaves your hand, it is going...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Everybody is a winner in the Ian Kennedy trade

Despite the fact that some fans seem to think Ian Kennedy had no value and that the Diamondbacks were lucky to get anything more than a used jock strap and a bucket of balls for him, the truth is, the Diamondbacks and the Padres both benefited immensely from today’s trade.
Via One is the Loneliest Number
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona sends Kennedy to Padres for Thatcher

The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent struggling right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor leaguer and a draft pick. Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn't won a game in two months. General manager Kevin Towers has said the team needed a situational left-hander in the bullpen and he got...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy dealt to Padres for Joe Thatcher

The Arizona Diamondbacks solidified their bullpen at the cost of depleting their major league rotation, sending Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres in exchange for reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league prospect Matt Stites, and a competitive balance draft pick. Kennedy is the biggest name involved in the deal, and while he's not a superstar (contrary to what his 2011 season...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Ian Kennedy for Thatcher and Prospects

Via Corey Brock’s twitter account: The #Padres deal with the #Dbacks: Get RHP Ian Kennedy for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites (Double-A) and a draft pick (comp B). Kennedy will be under the Padres control through 2015 with two years of arbitration remaining.  Kennedy’s struggles since 2011 are well documented, 18-20 4.47 ERA, 344 HA allowed in 332.1IP.  Kennedy and Padres...
Via Friarhood
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy traded to San Diego

With just a couple hours remining before the MLB's trade deadline, the Diamondbacks traded Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for reliever Joe Thatcher, Double-A reliever Matt Stites, and a draft pick. The local media was the first to confirm the deal, including John Gambadoro (Twitter) of Arizona Sports 620 and Tim Ring (Twitter) of 3TV have. Corey Brock, the Padres' MLB...
Via One is the Loneliest Number
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Could Braves Acquire Padres Reliever?

Joe Thatcher would be a solid addition to the Braves bullpen The Atlanta Braves are interested in San Diego Padres’ lefty reliever, Joe Thatcher, FoxSports’ Jon Morosi is reporting.  The Braves have been looking to acquire a left-handed reliever since Eric O’Flaherty went on the disabled list, May 18. The 31-year old Thatcher has pitched 28 innings this season, compiling a...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Interested in Padres Reliever

Ever since lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty went on the disabled list May 18, the Atlanta Braves have been looking for a veteran replacement.  The Braves are interested in San Diego Padres’ lefty reliever, Joe Thatcher, FoxSports’ Jon Morosi is reporting.  The 31-year old Thatcher has pitched 28 innings this season, compiling a 2.25 ERA.  He has struck out 28, while walking...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres Agree To Contracts With Joe Thatcher and John Baker

The Padres have reached to contract agreements with C John Baker and P Joe Thatcher. Thatcher is signed for a $700k contract and Baker to a $750k contract (per Bill Center of the SDUT). We still have to wait for contract agreements/amounts with nine other Padres players that are arbitration eligible. Here is the lsit of players that we still are waiting on: Edinson Volquez...
Via Friarhood
January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

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