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D-Backs, LHP Thatcher avoid arbitration, agree to 1-year contract

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PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with reliever Joe Thatcher on Friday, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,375,000.

The 32-year-old left-hander was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 72 appearances with the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres last season.

Arizona also swapped arbitration figures with outfielders Mark Trumbo and Gerardo Parra. Trumbo asked for $5.85 million, while the Diamondbacks were at $3.4 million. Parra asked for $5.2 million, compared to a $4.3 million proposal by the team.

Arizona acquired Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade in December. The slugger hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs last year.

Thatcher came to Arizona as part of the July 31 trade that sent right-hander Ian Kennedy to the Padres.

Since 2007, Thatcher ranks third among major leaguers in the percentage of inherited runners to score at 19 per cent.

He has a career record of 8-12 with a 3.34 ERA in 309 games over seven seasons with San Diego and Arizona.

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