Matt Thornton is “waiting for a team to show interest” despite 2.18 ERA last season


Veteran left-hander Matt Thornton was pretty effective for the Nationals last season, throwing 41 innings with a 2.18 ERA, but between his being 39 years old and this offseason’s free agent market overflowing with quality relievers he’s yet to find work.

Thornton told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio that he’s “waiting for a team to show serious interest” and added “I’m surprised that I don’t have a major league job yet.”

Thornton is no longer a top-notch setup man like he was for the White Sox in his prime, but he’s posted a sub-4.00 ERA every season since 2008 and held left-handed hitters to a .198 batting average last season. Plenty of teams could use Thornton in a middle relief role, but it may have to be on a minor-league deal at this point.