Beyond starting pitching, one area we’ve consistently heard that the Yankees may be looking to upgrade at is in the area of left-handed relievers. Unfortunately, the market for those guys is downright atrocious this year, so it seemed unlikely that any moves would be made on this front.
Not so fast my friend! Buster Olney is now reporting that the White Sox are looking to trade Matt Thornton and the $12 million they owe him over the next two seasons. Thornton is one of the better relievers in the game, an All-Star in 2010 who posted double digit strikeout rates every year from 2008-10, a run that was broken with a mere 9.5 K/9 in 2011. Thornton has been tough on lefties in his career, holding them a mere .229/.297/.349 slash line, but he’s far from a LOOGY, as right-handers also hit just .231/.317/.353 off the hard-throwing southpaw.
The biggest downside to Thornton is probably his age (he’ll turn 36 years old next September), but for now he’s still one of the top left-handed relievers in the game. The White Sox are currently seeking some salary relief, so unless there’s a lot of serious interest in Thornton, a team shouldn’t have to give up a top prospect if they’re willing to pick up most, if not all, of the money Thornton is owed.
I don’t know what their level of interest will be, obviously, but this could be a match made in heaven for the Yankees.
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