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D-backs, Thatcher reach one-year deal

D-backs, Thatcher reach one-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks and left-hander Joe Thatcher skirted a salary-arbitration hearing as the reliever agreed Friday to a one-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Twitter report said that Thatcher is set to make $2.375 million. He earned $1.35 million last year, when he appeared in a career-high 72 games and posted a 3-2 record with a 3.20 ERA.

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Thatcher, 32, has steadily established himself as one of the top lefty specialists in the National League. Since 2007, his percentage of inherited runners scored (19.0) is the league's third-best. He has held left-handed batters to a .218 average (79-for-363) in his career, and he has not surrendered a home run to a NL left-handed hitter since San Francisco's Brandon Belt victimized him on Sept. 22, 2012.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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