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Rich Thompson designated for assignment by A’s

Apr 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

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UPDATE: That was quick. Less than a week after claiming him off waivers the A’s designated Thompson for assignment, putting him back on the waiver wire following one appearance.

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Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Rich Thompson will stay in the AL West after being claimed off waivers by the A’s.

Thompson went from late-inning bullpen role to the waiver wire thanks to an ugly outing against the Twins on April 12, but prior to that the 27-year-old right-hander had a 2.57 ERA and 71/24 K/BB ratio in 74 innings for the Angels during the past two seasons.

He also has a solid Triple-A track record, so if nothing else Thompson is capable of being a useful middle reliever in Oakland.

  1. SmackSaw - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Wait a minute! He has ungodly movement on his fastball. I was just thinking they should throw him more. He reminded me of a young Scott Shields. What is Scioscia…I mean…DiPoto doing? They need solid bullpen arms.

  2. jkaflagg - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Thompson has better than average stuff, but it often deserted him in pressure situations, most notably in his final appearance with the Angels when he coughed up a one run lead in the 8th…….the Angels might have been able to carry him a little further, but with old-timers like Hawkins, Isringhausen and Takahashi littering the bullpen, they had to find more reliable arms…..It’s always scary when the Angels cut loose a reliever, though; a lot of them (Jenks,Turnbull, Peralta etc.) seem to find at least temporary success elsewhere…….

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