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Old 07-16-2013, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian26 View Post
It is very rare for a reliever to stick around on the same team for seven years. He was a good pickup for Kenny. We got him for Borchard, right?
Yep, he was the classic "Coop will fix him" pickup. If I remember correctly, Cooper met with Thornton right after the trade was made and told him to throw strikes instead of trying to nibble at the corners.

Originally Posted by WhiteSox5187 View Post
I am not trying to bash Thornton by any means, but didn't he get sent down to AAA at one point during 2007? I could have swore at one point he was sent down and maybe it was a rehab thing, but it isn't listed in baseball-reference. Maybe I am just going crazy!
I thought that Borchard and Thornton were both out of options when the trade was made. If so, then I don't think the Sox could have sent Thornton down without losing him.
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