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Angels to acquire Tony Campana, Joe Thatcher from D-backs

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Joe Thatcher has been added to the bullpen mix in Anaheim. (USATSI)
Joe Thatcher has been added to the bullpen mix in Anaheim. (USATSI)

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The Angels have acquired outfielder Tony Campana and lefty reliever Joe Thatcher from the Diamondbacks, reports Ken Rosenthal of Our own Jon Heyman confirms the deal and adds that the D-backs are receiving two prospects in return: outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel.

Thatcher, 32, gives the Angels a much-needed arm in the bullpen. This season, he's pitched to a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings, and over that span he's struck out 25 against just two unintentional walks. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 115 across parts of eight seasons. Across those eight seasons, he's limited left-handed batters to a line of .221/.280/.341 while notching a K/BB ratio of 4.59 in platoon-advantaged situations.

As for Campana, the 28-year-old fly-catcher isn't much of a hitter (career OPS+ of 60), but he does have plenty of speed on the bases and the ability to man all three outfield positions.

On the Arizona side of things, Borenstein, age 23 and a former 23rd-rounder out of Eastern Illinois, owns a career slash line of .292/.363/.513 across parts of four minor-league seasons. Last season, he tallied 28 homers in 112 games for High-A Inland Empire. Baseball America ranked him as the Angels' ninth-best prospect coming into the season.

Krehbiel, meantime, has a 3.85 ERA and 2.83 K/BB ratio in 92 minor-league games, 88 of which have been relief appearances. The 21-year-old was a 12th-round choice in 2011.

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