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Arizona Diamondbacks, Joe Thatcher agree to one-year deal

Arizona Diamondbacks' Joe Thatcher delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. The Red Sox won 4-0. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Arizona Diamondbacks and relief pitcher Joe Thatcher avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The 32-year-old was originally acquired as part of the deal that sent starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres, and went on to pitch in 22 games (9.1 innings) with the team, posting a 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA.

Thatcher made a career-high 72 appearances between the D-backs and Padres last season, posting a 3-2 record and a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 innings of work.

The left-hander had spent his entire MLB career with the Padres before coming to Arizona, and has a career record of 8-12 with a 3.34 ERA.

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