Former Nationals lefty reliever Matt Thornton has signed a minor league deal to join the San Diego Padres, according to FOX Sports. He will report to MLB spring training in hopes of playing a 13th MLB season.
The 39-year-old southpaw pitched for the Nationals in each of the last two seasons, joining the club in August of 2014 as a waiver pickup from the Yankees. In two seasons in Washington, Thornton posted a 1.71 ERA in 79 appearances.
Thornton pitched in 60 games for the Nats in 2015 and held a 2.18 ERA. He struck out 23 batters in 41 1/3 innings, which gave him a career-low 5.0 SO/9 ratio.
When Thornton joined the Nationals in 2014, he impressed with a high-90s fastball from the left side. His 93.6 mph average fastball velocity last year, though, was his lowest since 2005.
Thornton put up impressive numbers overall for the Nationals, but could only find a minor league deal and signed it after spring training began. Perhaps teams see his best pitch - which he used a career-low 71.6 percent of the time in 2015 - trending in the wrong direction.
If Thornton makes the Padres, they will be his sixth MLB team. He has also played for the Mariners, White Sox and Red Sox, where he won a World Series in 2013.