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Matt Thornton Now With Nationals
Friday Aug 08, 2014 12:00am

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Matt Thornton had pitched fairly well out of the bullpen for the New Yankees this season, but the Centreville High School and Grand Valley State pitcher unexpectedly found himself in Washington on Tuesday. Thornton was waived by the Yankees on Tuesday despite a 2.55 ERA with 13 holds in 46 games as the primary left-handed reliever. It took only a few hours before he was claimed by the Nationals. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said it was about flexibility. Apparently, it also was about money after the Yankees took on a number of big salaries at the recent trading deadline. Thornton, 37, signed a two-year, $7 million contract before this season began and his departure will save the team about $4 million. Meanwhile, he can help the Nationals who are atop the NL East by three games. Thornton, who completed his second stint with the Yankees, has also played for the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox since 2004. A first-round pick out of Grand Valley in 1998, Thornton pitched in the 2008 AL Division Series while a member of the White Sox.

Matt Thornton (photo courtesy of New York Yankees)
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