Nats acquire lefty Matt Thornton after waiver claim from Yankees

The Nationals are acquiring reliever Matt Thornton after a waiver claim from the Yankees, sources said.

Thornton will beef up the strong Nats pen from the left side, but it'll be a substantial savings for the Yankees. New York will more than $4M via this waiver claim. Thornton has a $3.5-million salary for next year per his existing contract.

It isn't known at this time whether Washington had to send something in return for Thornton after claiming him.

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