Indians sign reliever Joe Thatcher


Left-hander Joe Thatcher has agreed to a deal with the Indians, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

Thatcher spent 2015 in the Astros’ bullpen, appearing in 43 games and logging 23 innings with a 3.18 ERA and 26/12 K/BB ratio. At age 34 he has a lifetime 3.38 ERA in 261 innings spent mostly with the Padres.

Thatcher has been used primarily as a left-handed specialist, holding lefty hitters to a .232 batting average and .645 OPS for his career, but he’s also been decent enough versus righty hitters to work his way into a somewhat bigger role if given a chance by the Indians.