Thatcher announced his retirement Monday, Pedro Velazco of the Kokomo Tribune reports. Thatcher played professionally from 2006 to 2016, making major league appearances with the Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels and Astros. The lifetime reliever posted a 3.38 ERA over 260.2 career innings.
Thatcher agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Thatcher, released by the Indians last week, will report to Triple-A Iowa as he attempts another return to the majors. The 34-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this season and will provide depth for a Cubs bullpen that carries just three left-handed relievers.
Thatcher was released by the Indians on Saturday. The 34-year-old southpaw had not pitched since June 3 after the Indians brought him in after he was released by the Dodgers. It is unclear if he was dealing with an ailment, or if it was just a bad fit, as he was never placed on the minor league DL.
Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher signed a minor-league deal with the Indians, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Thatcher, who was released by the Indians in late March, will rejoin his former team in the minors. The left-hander last pitched for the Dodgers organization in 2016 (Triple-A Oklahoma City), compiling a a 3.60 ERA with 21 strikeouts in just 15 innings. The Dodgers released Thatcher in early June. This move makes sense for the Indians as Kyle Crockett is the only left-hander in the current major league bullpen. Thatcher will most likely join the Triple-A Columbus roster.
Thatcher was granted his release from the Indians on Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Rather than sticking with the Indians as organizational depth at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a roster spot with the big club, Thatcher decided he was better served pursuing an opportunity with another team. The left-hander made 43 appearances for the Astros in 2015, logging a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 26:12 K:BB ratio over 22.2 innings.
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