Yankees move Matt Thornton on trade waivers

08/05/2014 4:37 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Joe Girardi takes the ball from Matt Thornton during a game against the Rangers.(AP)
The New York Yankees waved goodbye to pitcher Matt Thornton Tuesday, as the lefty reliever was claimed off trade waivers by the Washington Nationals and the Yankees did not block the claim.

Fellow southpaw Rich Hill, who had been with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, was selected to the major-league roster to replace Thornton.

Thornton, 37, was signed to a two-year, $7 million deal last winter, and he was 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2/3 innings over 46 appearances for the Yankees this season. He made his last appearance in pinstripes during Monday's 2-1 win over Detroit, coming on in relief of Brandon McCarthy with two outs in the sixth inning and retiring the only batter he faced.

With their successful claim, the Nationals get Thornton but are now on the hook for the remainder of his contract, saving the Yankees roughly $4.5 million.  

Hill, 36, began the year in the Red Sox organization, going 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA and two saves in 25 appearances at Triple-A Pawtucket and striking out 45 over 39 innings pitched. His contract was purchased by the Angels on July 1 and he made two major-league appearances for the Halos, allowing one run on one hit and three walks (without recording an out) before being designated for assignment and later released on July 9.

He signed with a minor-league deal with the Yankees on July 17 and made four appearances at Triple-A, striking out 10 while allowing just two hits and one walk in four innings.

Over parts of 10 seasons in the majors, Hill is 24-22 with a 4.75 ERA in 465 2/3 innings over 183 games (70 starts) for the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, and Angels. 

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