The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired left-handed relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects Zach Borenstein and Joey Krehbiel according to a report by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
The Diamondbacks are expected to make a few trades before the July 31 deadline so the move was no surprise. Thatcher was one of three bullpen trade assets the team had.
The Oakland Athletics made a blockbuster trade Friday acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel and baseball analysts were wondering what the Angels would do to respond. While not as big a move as the A’s made, the Angels filled one of their holes. The team desperately needed a left-handed reliever with the injury to Sean Burnett and he disappointing season of Nick Maronde.
Thatcher will fill that role nicely for the Angels. He had a 2.63 ERA and an impressive 1.08 WHIP in 24 innings of work for the Diamondbacks this season.He had 25 strikeouts and just three walks. Thatcher adds stability to the bullpen and will get tough lefities out.
The Angels also get Campana in the deal who is a speedy outfielder with major league experience. Campana is a subpar hitter but covers a lot of ground in the outfield and can steal bases. He is 66 for 74 in steal attempts in his career. Campana is a poor man’s version of Peter Bourjos who the Angels lost last year in a trade for the disappointing David Freese.
In return the Diamondbacks get a pair of mid level prospects. Zach Borenstein is the more promising of the two. The outfielder was the Angels’ minor league player of the year in 2013. He posted an impressive slashline of .337/.403/.631 with 28 home runs and 95 RBIs in just 112 games in 2013. He hasn’t fared as well in 2014 at the higher minor league levels but is power bat is attractive to the Diamondbacks.
Krehbiel was having a marvelous season in the low minor leagues for the Angels. His ERA was 2.00 and had 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings in Single A this season.
This is a win now move for the Angels. They desperately needed a lefty out of the bullpen and they got one. They gave up their ninth ranked prospect in Borenstein to get him but the Angels are more than happy to sacrifice future assets for players who can contribute immediately.