Monday, July 25, 2011
Source: Yankees interested in Thornton
The Yankees have interest in Chicago White Sox lefty reliever Matt Thornton if the White Sox start making trades, a major league source told ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla. The White Sox enter Monday 4.5 games out in the AL Central and 10.5 games behind the Yankees for the Wild Card.
Thornton is having a less than stellar year for the White Sox as he is 0-4 with a 3.41 and has a WHIP of 1.631. He hasn't been that good against lefties either as they are hitting .302 against him with a slugging percentage of .377. These struggles follow three straight years with an ERA below 3.00 for Thornton, who also was demoted from the closer role this year.
It's no surprise that the Yankees are looking around for lefties, as they have just Boone Logan in the bullpen and they are likely to get little or no help this year from Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte. Acquiring a second lefty reliever could help the Yankees matchup better with teams in late innings and allow them to have another option besides Logan for critical outs.
What do you think, fans? Would you like to see Thornton in pinstripes or would you pass? Is there another lefty you think should be on the Yankees radar? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.