No team opened play Saturday with a worse record than the
"I've been on a lot of losing teams," Thatcher said. "Coming to a team like this is exciting, for sure."
The Angels acquired Thatcher to fill the left-handed relief void created by injuries to
"It's something we've been missing all year long," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said.
Thatcher posted a 2.63 earned-run average in 37 appearances for Arizona, with 25 strikeouts in 24 innings. He faced 100 batters and walked three.
Thatcher is the third reliever the Angels have added in eight days, following right-hander
Grilli, however, has made four scoreless appearances for the Angels.
"Our focus going into this trade deadline was to see how much we could help this bullpen," Dipoto said.
The Angels still plan to explore adding a late-game reliever.
"I don't know how much more tweaking we'll need to do," Dipoto said. "If there is a way to help that group get better, we will try to do that."
Dipoto said he is generally satisfied with a team that ranks second in the
"You're always looking for ways to get better," he said. "To this point, our focus has been on our bullpen. . . . Right now, we're not anticipating making a move in any other area."
Thatcher, who was traded by the
"I went through the whole trade thing last year," he said. "I heard my name for six weeks, and it didn't happen until a couple of hours before the deadline. For it to happen this early was a shock."
In addition to Thatcher, the Angels obtained outfielder