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Marcus Thames LF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
15 2016 .246 .309 .485 106 4.7
Birth Date3-6-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age42 years, 4 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2002 NYA 25 7 13 3 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 .231 .231 .538 82 -0.2 0.4 -0.4 0.0
2003 TEX 26 30 84 15 2 0 1 8 18 2 0 1 .205 .298 .274 71 -2.8 0.9 -1.8 -0.2
2004 DET 27 61 184 42 12 0 10 16 42 2 0 1 .255 .326 .509 105 1.5 -1.0 3.6 0.8
2005 DET 28 38 118 21 2 0 7 9 38 1 0 0 .196 .263 .411 86 -1.9 0.1 -1.7 -0.1
2006 DET 29 110 390 89 20 2 26 37 92 4 1 1 .256 .333 .549 125 14.3 -2.7 -4.3 1.4
2007 DET 30 86 284 65 15 0 18 13 72 1 2 1 .242 .278 .498 92 -1.8 2.4 0.8 0.6
2008 DET 31 103 342 76 12 0 25 24 95 0 0 3 .241 .292 .516 115 7.2 -2.9 3.0 1.4
2009 DET 32 87 294 65 11 1 13 29 72 1 0 2 .252 .323 .453 102 1.5 -1.0 -3.4 0.1
2010 NYA 33 82 237 61 7 0 12 19 61 3 0 0 .288 .350 .491 117 4.9 0.2 -2.8 0.6
2011 LAN 34 36 70 13 1 1 2 4 16 0 0 0 .197 .243 .333 81 -1.4 0.4 0.2 0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1997 GRB A SAL 0 16 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TAM A+ FSL 0 489 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TAM A+ FSL 0 302 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NRW AA EAS 0 207 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NRW AA EAS 0 528 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NRW AA EAS 139 603 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NYA MLB AL 7 13 .256 .316 .415 .250 96 -0.1 0.4 -0.1 82 16 -0.4 0.4 -0.2 0.0
2002 COH AAA INT 107 438 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB AL 30 84 .263 .332 .418 .255 108 -5 2.3 -0.9 71 12 -1.8 0.9 -2.8 -0.2
2003 COH AAA INT 52 217 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OKL AAA PCL 18 74 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB AL 61 184 .273 .336 .442 .281 103 2.1 5.5 -1.5 105 17 3.6 -1.0 1.5 0.8
2004 TOL AAA INT 64 274 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 DET MLB AL 38 118 .263 .324 .415 .222 101 -2.9 3.4 -1 86 12 -1.7 0.1 -1.9 -0.1
2005 TOL AAA INT 73 314 .265 .329 .416 .370 102 16.5 7.7 -2.9 195 0 -5.3 -0.7 34.3 3.1
2006 DET MLB AL 110 390 .272 .333 .436 .273 106 9.8 11.7 -4.9 125 9 -4.3 -2.7 14.3 1.4
2007 DET MLB AL 86 284 .264 .324 .414 .261 102 -0.8 8.4 -3.5 92 12 0.8 2.4 -1.8 0.6
2007 TOL AAA INT 2 8 .245 .322 .385 .333 88 0.8 0.2 -0.2 123 0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1
2008 DET MLB AL 103 342 .266 .330 .417 .258 103 7.3 9.9 -3.2 115 10 3.0 -2.9 7.2 1.4
2009 DET MLB AL 87 294 .267 .334 .423 .291 104 1.3 8.5 -4.4 102 12 -3.4 -1.0 1.5 0.1
2009 TOL AAA INT 12 54 .257 .332 .388 .303 123 -2.1 1.6 -0.8 78 0 -0.6 0.0 -1.1 -0.1
2010 NYA MLB AL 82 237 .254 .320 .392 .345 117 4.7 6.5 -3.1 117 10 -2.8 0.2 4.9 0.6
2010 SWB AAA INT 4 15 .259 .340 .395 .214 88 -2.6 0.5 -0.2 75 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2011 LAN MLB NL 36 70 .247 .316 .387 .229 90 -4.6 1.9 -0.4 81 11 0.2 0.4 -1.4 0.1
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 6 19 .267 .333 .412 .091 86 -0.4 0.6 -0.1 103 0 -0.6 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1997 GRB A SAL 16 16 2 5 1 0 0 6 2 0 3 1 0 .313 .313 .375 .063 0 0
1998 TAM A+ FSL 489 457 62 130 18 3 11 187 59 24 78 13 6 .284 .331 .409 .125 0 0
1999 TAM A+ FSL 302 266 47 65 12 4 11 118 38 33 58 3 0 .244 .334 .444 .199 0 0
1999 NRW AA EAS 207 182 25 41 6 2 4 63 26 22 40 0 1 .225 .319 .346 .121 0 0
2000 NRW AA EAS 528 474 72 114 30 2 15 193 79 50 89 1 5 .241 .318 .407 .167 0 0
2001 NRW AA EAS 603 520 114 167 43 4 31 311 97 73 101 10 4 .321 .412 .598 .277 0 0
2002 NYA MLB AL 13 13 2 3 1 0 1 7 2 0 4 0 0 .231 .231 .538 .308 0 0
2002 COH AAA INT 438 386 51 80 21 3 13 146 45 43 71 5 4 .207 .298 .378 .171 0 0
2003 COH AAA INT 217 194 26 54 15 2 2 79 28 17 48 3 4 .278 .340 .407 .129 0 0
2003 TEX MLB AL 84 73 12 15 2 0 1 20 4 8 18 0 1 .205 .298 .274 .068 1 0
2003 OKL AAA PCL 74 66 9 17 4 0 2 27 7 8 12 1 0 .258 .338 .409 .152 0 0
2004 DET MLB AL 184 165 24 42 12 0 10 84 33 16 42 0 1 .255 .326 .509 .255 1 0
2004 TOL AAA INT 274 234 57 77 21 1 24 172 59 33 40 4 1 .329 .415 .735 .406 1 1
2005 DET MLB AL 118 107 11 21 2 0 7 44 16 9 38 0 0 .196 .263 .411 .215 1 0
2005 TOL AAA INT 314 265 53 90 18 3 22 180 56 41 59 4 1 .340 .434 .679 .340 0 0
2006 DET MLB AL 390 348 61 89 20 2 26 191 60 37 92 1 1 .256 .333 .549 .293 1 0
2007 TOL AAA INT 8 8 2 3 0 0 1 6 2 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .750 .375 0 0
2007 DET MLB AL 284 269 37 65 15 0 18 134 54 13 72 2 1 .242 .278 .498 .257 1 0
2008 DET MLB AL 342 316 50 76 12 0 25 163 56 24 95 0 3 .241 .292 .516 .275 2 0
2009 DET MLB AL 294 258 33 65 11 1 13 117 36 29 72 0 2 .252 .323 .453 .202 6 0
2009 TOL AAA INT 54 49 6 12 0 0 2 18 6 5 14 0 0 .245 .315 .367 .122 0 0
2010 NYA MLB AL 237 212 22 61 7 0 12 104 33 19 61 0 0 .288 .350 .491 .203 3 0
2010 SWB AAA INT 15 15 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 0 0
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 19 17 3 3 1 0 2 10 4 2 4 0 0 .176 .263 .588 .412 0 0
2011 LAN MLB NL 70 66 4 13 1 1 2 22 7 4 16 0 0 .197 .243 .333 .136 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1261 0.5083 0.5432 0.7299 0.7504 0.3290 0.7796 0.6127 0.2701 0.0038
2009 1138 0.4947 0.5026 0.7150 0.7140 0.2957 0.7612 0.6059 0.2850 0.0024
2010 912 0.5044 0.4945 0.7184 0.6717 0.3142 0.7961 0.5493 0.2816 0.0011
2011 252 0.5040 0.5476 0.7246 0.7323 0.3600 0.7957 0.5778 0.2754 -0.0039
Career35630.50270.51810.72180.71730.31680.77910.59180.27820.0021

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-06-25 2011-06-28 DTD 3 3 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2011-05-03 2011-06-06 15-DL 34 30 Right Thigh Strain Quad and Received Injection -
2011-03-02 2011-03-04 Camp 2 0 Foot Soreness Heel -
2010-06-13 2010-07-04 15-DL 21 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-06-05 2010-06-08 DTD 3 2 Neck Stiffness -
2010-05-20 2010-05-22 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain -
2009-04-19 2009-06-06 15-DL 48 42 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-04-02 2009-04-03 Camp 1 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2009-03-12 2009-03-20 Camp 8 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-08-10 2008-08-15 DTD 5 5 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2007-07-19 2007-08-09 15-DL 21 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-04-15 2007-04-17 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-03-04 2007-03-12 Camp 8 0 Right Knee Soreness -
2006-09-24 2006-09-27 DTD 3 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 LAN $1,000,000
2010 NYA $900,000
2009 DET $2,275,000
2008 DET $1,275,000
2007 DET $432,500
2006 DET $342,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$6,224,500
6 yrTotal$6,224,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 108 dCasey Close1 year/$1M (2011).

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/20/11. Performance bonuses based on PAs, innings in field: $0.325M for PAs: $25,000 for 200 PAs. $50,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 PAs. $0.475M for innings in field: $25,000 each for 275, 325 innings. $50,000 for 375 innings. $75,000 each for 425, 475, 525, 575, 625 innings. DFA by LA Dodgers 7/12/11, released 7/14/11.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2010). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/8/10 (minor-league contract). $0.9M salary in majors. $0.9M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by NY Yankees 4/3/10.
  • 1 year/$2.275M (2009). Re-signed by Detroit 1/14/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.275M (2008). Re-signed by Detroit 1/17/08 (avoided arbitration 1/17/08). $25,000 in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.4325M (2007). Re-signed by Detroit 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.342M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 2/05 (split contract, $366,900 in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.315M (2004). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 11/03 (minor-league contract, $0.315M in majors).
  • Acquired by Texas in trade from NY Yankees 6/03.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 1996 (30-899) (East Central CC, Miss.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Lefty-masher Marcus Thames has his limitations, but if healthy, would be cheap insurance in case Andruw Jones turns into a pumpkin.
2011 Thames, whom Brian Cashman threw away on the putrefying remains of Ruben Sierra back in 2003, was a terrific add for the Yankees. Not only did he do his traditionally fine work against southpaws (.300/.352/.454), but despite career rates of only .234/.291/.474 against right-handers coming into the season, he was actually quite playable against them, hitting .268/.347/.549. This came in handy when injuries forced him into more regular work than had been planned. The only hitch was that Thames had no instincts in the outfield. Anything in front of him is inevitably a hit, as he’d rather let the ball drop in than attempt to make a play. A free agent at this writing, Thames has value in a limited role, but in these days of pitching-dominated rosters, finding a team that has room for a part-time DH might be difficult.
2010 Thames is as one-dimensional a player as you'll find in the majors, and that dimension is the home run. After missing almost two months with a strained rib, Thames had two months to shine as the team's primary DH. That lasted until Carlos Guillen came off the DL and claimed the DH slot for himself. That reduced Thames' playing time, and he lost his stroke, failing to hit a home run in his last 29 appearances of the season (84 PAs). Thames is a free agent at this writing, one who still should have some appeal as part of a DH/pinch-hitting package (with five home runs in 55 career pinch-hit at-bats, he carries a .636 slugging percentage in the role) provided he can rediscover his one dimension.
2009 Once seen as merely a Quadruple-A player in the Yankees and Rangers systems, Thames has fashioned a career as a fourth outfielder and occasional starter thanks to his incredible power. Given 585 at-bats over the past two years, Thames has done the kind of things you'd expect from a borderline guy, with a sub-.300 OBP and 167 strikeouts, but he's also mashed 43 home runs. There's value there when used in the right spot—which for Thames is against fastball-reliant lefties—as pure 80 power on the 20-80 scouting scale is hard to find and almost always worth making room for.
2008 Thames has one skill: he hits lefties. In Jacque Jones, the Tigers have acquired a player who complements Thames perfectly by doing everything well except hit lefties. As a platoon, they could prove to be the most productive left fielder in the AL next year, save for Manny Ramirez. Thames has shown more patience in the past than he did last year, so that wretched OBP should climb in 2008.
2007 Though most of the work had been done in Toledo, Thames has been crushing the ball ever since joining the Tigers organization in 2004, so his major league `breakout` shouldn`t be considered too much of a surprise. Indeed, it`s now his uninspired performances of 2002 and 2003 that look like outliers, and those can perhaps be excused on account of his being with the Yankees, an organization that was never going to give him a chance. Thames really should be playing every day. The Tigers were uncomfortable trying him at first base in the heat of a pennant race, but that could change in 2007 after he`s had an offseason to prepare.
2006 A veteran minor league outfielder, Thames has reached the point where not only is he not learning anything new at Triple-A, he`s taking advantage of the pitchers who still do have things to learn. What that means is that his minor league translations are liable to run well ahead of any major league performance he gets from now on.
2005 He didn't outshine Cal Pickering, but as the other journeyman who finally slugged his way into the majors to stay, Thames did just fine. Thames isn't likely to have a long career—players who enter the stage late usually exit it early—but he's capable of putting together a couple of useful seasons in Motown, in a Bubba Trammell sort of way.
2003 In the Yankees’ organization, Thames is a prospect because of his 2001 season, his third in Norwich. Unfortunately, that’s the only year in the last four that he hit in. He’ll take a walk and he has decent power, and defensively, he’s got the arm for right and can fill in well enough anywhere. Considering his age, he could make a fine fifth outfielder on a team with plenty of left-handed power and an older slug in one of the corners.
2002 Thames exploded in his third go'round at Norwich, hitting .321/.410/.598 in 139 games. Even though he's not young, those are hard numbers to ignore. Scouts say that he's learned to turn on inside pitches and lay off breaking balls in the dirt. Thames needs a year of Triple-A to find out how much of what he learned will stay with him; 2001 definitely sticks out in his record.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who is going to have an April like me this year? I believe the answer is no one because I am the best Mr April of all the Mr Aprils. Also, Shelley Duncan and I are going out looking for women. Who can make us look better as the ugly friend we bring along to raise our appeal? Hunter Pence? Pedroia without a hat and eye black? Thanks man. Don't rule out a comeback from me. Marcus Thames has been teaching me plate discipline.
(Chris Shelton from Bush Leagues)
You're in the early lead for "best fake name" in this chat. Well done. It's impossible to predict who's going to essentially experience a statistical aberration in April, so your guess is as good as mine. With that in mind, let's go with Juan Uribe, for no reason.

You can't do better in the ugly department than Shelley Duncan. Shelley Duncan is uglier than Billy Hamilton is fast. Give my best to Marcus. (Ben Carsley)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Dodgers ever let Trayvon Robinson have his shot at their revolving door OF spot and if so, when??? Thanks...
(LoyalRoyal from LV, KS)
Yes, I think so. This year, and it's possible we could see him before the All-Star Break if Tony Gwynn, Marcus Thames, and crew don't perform. And let's be honest, it's pretty likely they won't. Trayvon is absolutely destroying Triple-A right now, so I'd think we'll see him sooner rather than later. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay Gibbons. Really?? What do you think are the chances that the Dodgers call up Trayvon Robinson or Jerry Sands around June?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
What, no love for Marcus Thames and Tony Gwynn? Gotta figure one of those two prospects ends up out there as soon as they prove they've conquered Triple-A (and once they lose future Super-2 status!). (Cory Schwartz)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't the real issue for the Dodgers their awful Defense? Jay Gibbons and Marcus Thames in LF, Kemp in CF, Eithier in RF are all strat 3's, 4's or 5's. Blake is a liability at 3b. Furcal has lost much at ss. I guess Uribe is OK but he will be needed at ss. Loney is their only plus defender.
(Bob from DC)
Nothing wrong with a Strat reference or two in my book, but you're right to point it out. A Gibbons/Thames platoon would be survivable in some circumstances, but in this collection, it's more like the rancid cherry on top of an overripe banana sundae. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andruw Jones on the Yankees short list??? Really? On a separate note, can Gardner finally buy a house (i.e. by signing a long-term deal)?
(dianagramr from NYC)
And by Diana, I meant Diane, of course. Darn my pudgy fingers.

I don't think Jones is a bad idea at all. It's just a Marcus Thames who can play defense. That's not a bad thing, especially if you are skeptical about Curtis Granderson being reborn as a non-platoon guy. As for Gardner, he was quite valuable last year, up to, and perhaps past the point he got hurt. We need to see him do what he can do over a full season, but maybe he's also a guy who needs to be protected from his own fragility. He's also not so productive that you wouldn't mind seeing him skip a few PAs against lefties. (Steven Goldman)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any good ideas on where the Twins could pick up a right handed bat? Right now it looks like Cuddyer, Young and Valencia will be about it and they haven't shown enough to cover for the other guys in the face of good left handed pitching. I'm thinking they could add a DH in the Thome slot if you can muster up a good platoon mate for Kubel.
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
My first thought when I was prepping for the Twins GM For A Day piece was that Konerko would be a great fit -- play 1b if Morneau is still out, DH some, and let Gardy thumb his nose at Ozzie over another ex-White-Sock thriving in MSP. But that's not going to happen -- too expensive in both blood and treasure. Marcus Thames? (Ken Funck)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)why isn't Montero the DH solution the yanks need?
(workermonkey from CT)
Several reasons: he's not on the 40-man; he just started hitting and you'd like him to consolidate his success; there is no position you'd want to play him at, which means clogging up the roster; the need isn't desperate and there's no reason to start him heading for arbitration at 23 and free agency at 26/27. The Lance Berkman/Marcus Thames platoon should be sufficient. (Steven Goldman)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the addition of Kearns the Granderson trade is now complete. How Bad a deal was it?
(Frank Leja from Washington, DC)
Kearns doesn't really help... He's one of those rare righties that can't hit lefties. The theory, I guess, is that he will be better than Granderson, who is mostly helpless, but since April he's hit .225/.303/.338 against them. In a world in which most every right-handed hitter is at an advantage against lefties, the Yankees found the one guy who can't, but I suppose when you narrow the choices to "right-hand-hitting outfielders who are also decent gloves" the list gets fairly short -- otherwise they could have just stuck with Marcus Thames. As for the deal, Austin Jackson has had a good year, but a weird one. His BABIP is well over .400. His line-drive rate supports that, I guess, but it's hard to believe he won't see some regression. If/when that happens, his peripherals don't support real production. This is a long-winded way of saying I think it's premature to judge the deal--we're looking at Jackson at his unrealistic best and Granderson at his unrealistic worst. Perhaps spared from striking out against lefties every few games, the latter will find some consistency. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Damon gets 1/$8. At that price, I kinda wish the Yankees could have kept him. Similar to Abreu before him (at 1/$5, Abreu was a bargain). I like Gardner's defense and baserunning, but I'd be fine with it coming off the bench. And I can do without Randy Winn/Marcus Thames. It's too bad, since the park was such a good fit for him.
(Rob in CT from Andover, CT)
There's a lot that goes into this Damon vs. Gardner 'n' pals thing, and I think in the end it's a lot closer than most are making it out to be. First, there's no guarantee that Damon would continue to be able to hook balls down the line at Stade Yankee, nor, given his age, that his road production would stay in an acceptable place--the split was pretty severe last year, and as we pointed out in the book, there was some good luck on balls in play on the road. Then you've got his growing defensive problems, which encompassed not just throwing but routes. If Gardner can field like a displaced center fielder typically does and hit .275 with reasonable patience and a good number of steals, all of which seems pretty reasonable, this is going to take care of itself. And I can live with seven innings of Marcus Thames in 40 games, followed by a defensive sub. Winn wouldn't have been my choice... At least he's versatile. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the Marcus Thames/Randy Winn/Jamie Hoffman situation shaking out? Do Thames and Winn have anything left in the tank, given last season's fades? I would have though Thames would pinch hit and Winn would then take over to avoid exposing Thames' glove (or lack thereof). Does this mean Hoffman will be returned to the Dodgers shortly?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
First, I think this probably means Hoffman is going back to the Dodgers' organization. I like the natural fit between Thames (a lefty-masher) and Winn (a switch hitter whose bat died vs. lefties last year) or Granderson (who's struggled vs. southpaws lately as well), but it's worth remembering you're talking about fourth and fifth outfielders here, since Brett Gardner is projected to start somewhere, too.

The other good thing about Thames is that he can spot for Nick Johnson at DH against tough lefties, though the Stick has had at least some success against southpaws as well. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, can you think of a way to politely let Jim Leyland know that Gary Sheffield has a fork sticking out of his shoulder and it's time to start giving Marcus Thames 80% of the at-bats at DH before it's too late?
(Randy from Ann Arbor, MI)
I think you're half right. I don't see a lot in Marcus Thames' career that says he can play against righthanders with any frequency. This is another spot for that guy we keep talking about--in fact, he'd probably have MORE pennant impact for the Tigers, all things considered, than for any other team, save possibly the Rays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please put your GM hat on for a moment....okay....you're the GM of a club needing a RH power bat. Dave Dombrowski is offering up Marcus Thames. What is the right price to pay for Thames? Thanks!
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
A Grade C pitching prospect or an organizational soldier with some possibility of making it as a big-league bench player, nothing more. I could offer less to the Brewers for Joe Dillon, and I'd get a more generally utile guy who can still give me the right-handed pop; maybe they can be guilted into letting the old-timer catch a break.

Finding a good hat's never easy, and they've been out of fashion for women almost as long as they have been for men. It's a pity, because I was a hat-wearing kid, and I've got a few to this day, but it just never seems like the right opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gary Sheffield will or will not revive this season?
(Corkedbat from Dallas)
Jump on the Marcus Thames bandwagon! I think even Leyland is drinking that delicious, power filled Kool Aid. A friend in my fantasy league has an away message he puts up occasionally, something along the lines of "Sheff, it's time to retire. Your bat speed already has." (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Thames: could the Tigers potentially move him for bullpen parts (hopefully a reliable set-up man), or should they?
(David from Winston Salem )
If they got something of value, sure, but I say that more in the hope that they'd use Ryan Raburn a whole bunch, and not as some sort of endorsement of their adding Jacque Jones. (Christina Kahrl)


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