The Arizona Diamondbacks and lefty reliever Joe Thatcher avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing on a one year deal worth $2.375 million dollars. The deal was reported on mlb.com, citing Twitter stories. The 32-year old Thatcher appeared in 22 games for the D’backs after coming over from the San Diego Padres along with Matt Stites for Ian Kennedy.
Thatcher struggled with the Snakes, allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits and six walks while striking seven. In 50 games with the Padres, 6 foot 2 sidearmer was just the opposite, pitching to the tune of a 2.10 ERA. He is eligible for free agency after this season so it is imperative that Thatcher have a bounce back year with Arizona.