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Dodgers sign Joe Thatcher

Thatcher joins the Dodgers on a minor league deal.

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Los Angeles signed Joe Thatcher to a minor league deal Saturday morning, according to our Chris Cotillo.

Thatcher was released by the Indians before the end of Spring Training but had a fair amount of success in the Astros' bullpen last season.

Over 22.3 innings last season, Thatcher pitched to a 3.18 ERA. He is not a lefty specialist, though, since lefties batted .245 against Thatcher last season.

Thatcher could be a candidate to join the Dodgers' bullpen since he has a notable amount of experience. Over nine seasons, he has pitched to a 3.38 ERA.

However, the Dodgers have several other left-handed relief options they can turn to before considering promoting Thatcher.

Adam Liberatore and J.P. Howell are the two lefties the Dodgers are currently carrying in the bullpen. Sean Burnett, Luis Avilan and Ian Thomas are lefties available for Los Angeles to call-up, though.

As a result, it is unlikely Thatcher is promoted relatively quickly.