People seem to be overlooking the fact that Thompson did a terrific job for the Angels in 2010 AND 2011. Before that, he was pretty bad.
They're treating him as though he's been horrible all along.
I somehow missed THAT stat. :(
Well, it looks like the A's have seen enough...
"The Athletics have designated Rich Thompson for assignment, the team announced. The move creates room on the 40-man roster for Jim Miller, who was recalled from Triple-A.
Thompson, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Angels last week. He faced three batters during his brief time with Oakland, allowing a single in between two outs. The Angels designated the Australian-born right-hander for assignment after he allowed four runs in his first 2 1/3 innings of the season. Thompson pitched to a 3.00 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 54 innings last season and is out of options, meaning he can't be sent to the minor without first clearing waivers." - MLBtraderumors
Wow. He faced three batters and allowed a hit.
That's certainly a good reason to basically dump him. :(
He certainly was nothing more than a very brief stopgap for the A's, wasn't he?
>>Wow. He faced three batters and allowed a hit.<<
It's even worse than that. The A's brought him in with the bases loaded and one out to face Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, and Alex Rios - all of whom are hitting .340 this season playing full time.
He got the first out, then allowed a grounder up the middle which scored the guy on third, then got the third out.
And then was released. Not exactly a terrible performance. I wonder if his velocity is down or something, which is the only thing I can think of that teams would be cutting him so quickly.