Venable, 33, was traded from the Padres to the Rangers in August of last year. After hitting .258/.318/.378 in 308 plate appearances for San Diego, Venable’s slash line dropped to .182 .325 .227 in 82 plate appearances for Texas. In total, Venable slashed .244/.320/.350, numbers that were a step up from 2014 but not in step with his previous Padres seasons. The Turner Gary Sports client would have received a $1.5MM base with up to $2MM in incentives had he made the Indians’ roster.
Thatcher was informed on Saturday that he would not be making the team. Thatcher could have accepted a minor league assignment with a June 1st opt-out date, but he apparently requested his release instead. The 34-year-old pitched to a 3.18 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 across 43 appearances last season. Those 43 outings came across two separate stints for the Astros as he was designated for assignment in July and re-signed in August. In a small sample size of 3.2 IP, Thatcher allowed just two hits, fanned four, and walked only one batter in his second turn with Houston.