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Angels acquire Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana from Diamondbacks

Jul 5, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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This isn’t quite on the level of the Athletics-Cubs mega-deal from last night, but we have another trade to report.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Angels have acquired left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks. No word yet on who Arizona will receive in return.

When healthy, Thatcher is one of the better left-handed specialists in the game. He owns a 2.63 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio over 24 innings this season and has held left-handed batters to a .240 batting average. Campana has a .246 batting average and .580 OPS over 462 plate appearances in the majors, but he’s 66-for-74 in stolen base attempts and can play center field. He’ll be a bench piece for the Angels.

UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks will receive prospect outfielder Zach Borenstein and prospect right-hander Joey Krehbiel in return.

  1. yahmule - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    This is a blockbuster, but we’re talking about really tiny granular-sized blocks.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Kinda like how we used to stand a salt shaker on a single cube of sodium chloride in the mess hall at summer camp, eh?

  2. johnmr12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    DiPoto makes deals based on that age old adage that if you throw enough s#!t against a wall some of it is going to stick. Too bad he didn’t use the combined 70 million dollars a year for Pujols, Hamilton, and Wilson to sign the best 5 man rotation in the major leagues.

  3. itsallbygrace - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Great that the Halos get Thatcher. Who do we lose though?

  4. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Good-O, the Halos respond to the A’s acquisition of Hammels and Samar…Samar…yeah, him, by scraping Arizona’s barrel. Well now that should make for a more exciting divisional rout, eh what?

    • infieldhit - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      28 other teams haven’t made a trade since Oakland’s, so clearly they all have no intention of competing the rest of this season.

  5. pisano - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Small potatoes compared to what the A’s acquired. The A’s probably put themselves in the World Series with that move.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM


      that was a good one.

  6. luz56 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Yes …. Thatcher was the key piece that the DBacks got for Ian Kennedy….KT you’re a real horse trader.. I meant horses ass!!

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