The Nationals may have found their guy for the left handed pitcher out of the pen.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 10, 2013
Thornton would give the Nationals that left hander out of the pen in middle relief that they have been looking for. Other names that have been mentioned are Scott Downs, Eric O’Flaherty, J.P. Howell, and Oliver Perez.
Thornton is 37 and has been in the American League all of his career. He spent last season with the White Sox and Red Sox. In 60 games and 43.1 innings pitched, Thornton compiled a 3.74 ERA and in the National League, this could be a steal. He was a 2010 All Star pitching for the White Sox. In his ten year career, he has a 3.53 ERA in 606 games. He will be a fantastic addition to a bullpen that was shaky last season. The Nationals were in the bottom half of the pack with a bullpen 3.56 ERA.
If Thornton goes to another team, the four names that were mentioned above can all be suitable lefty relievers.