This is the third time since last March that Thatcher has been released, and the second time Cleveland has parted ways with the veteran southpaw. Thatcher signed a minors deal with the Tribe in the offseason but was released at the end of Spring Training, then caught on with the Dodgers in late April before another release in June. He hasn’t pitched in the majors this season, as his 2016 stats consist of a 3.60 ERA over 17 innings with the Dodgers’ Triple-A team.
Thatcher’s nine-year MLB career has seen him post a 3.38 ERA, 2.97 K/BB rate and 9.3 K/9 over 260 2/3 innings with the Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels and Astros. He put good numbers (3.18 ERA, 10.3 K/9, 2.17 K/BB rate) over 22 frames with Houston last season, though he didn’t quite display his usual dominance against left-handed hitters.