Report: LH reliever Thatcher to sign soon

Veteran left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a free agent this offseason, is engaged in talks with at least 10 teams and likely will make a decision soon, according to Chris Cotillo of

The Mets, Astros, A’s and Rangers are among the clubs reportedly interested.

Thatcher, 33, pitched 53 games for the D-backs and Angels last season, posting a 3.86 ERA, four walks and 27 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings, while missing about a month with a sprained ankle. He fared significantly better with Arizona, which dealt him to Los Angeles in July.

An eight-year veteran, Thatcher has held left-handed batters to a .230 average and .640 OPS over his career, while righties have hit .275 with a .715 OPS.

If Thatcher doesn’t end up signing with the Rangers, Cotillo reports that the club is still likely to add a lefty to its bullpen. Fellow fee agent Phil Coke would be another option.

— Andrew Simon

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