After the Oakland Athletics pulled off that Fourth of July blockbuster deal to acquire two starting pitchers from the Chicago Cubs, it was reported by Yahoo Sports' own Jeff Passan that the AL West division rival Los Angeles Angels weren't too far behind Oakland in striking up a trade.
A left-handed specialist made sense for the Angels, Passan said, and here he is in Thatcher. He's a 32-year-old with a 2.63 ERA this season in 24 innings. He's struck out 25 batters in that time and given up 23 hits. Thatcher spent the first seven years of his career with the San Diego Padres before going to Arizona last summer in the Ian Kennedy trade. Thatcher will be a free agent at season's end.
Campana is an outfielder who played in 26 games this season for the D-backs, and figures to be a reserve for the Angels too, considering their talented outfielders. Campana, 28, is a career .246 hitter, but he's at .150 so far this season. He spent part of the season in Triple-A, hitting .288 in 47 games.
On the flip side of the trade, the Diamondbacks are getting a pair of minor leaguers — outfielder Zach Borenstein, 23, and right-handed reliever Joey Krehbiel, 21. Borenstein was the Angels' minor leaguer of the year in 2013. He's hit .262 this season between Double-A and Triple-A. Krehbiel, meanwhile, was drafted by the Angels out of high school in 2011 and hasn't pitched yet past Single-A.
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