Marcus and Eric Thames could make a nice platoon in LF for the Jays. I’m not sure what kind of relationship the half-brothers have though.
Comment by ayjackson — September 17, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Right, I agree with the conclusion. No one is going to “pay” Thames, but he also shouldn’t be in danger of not having a job next year. He’ll get a similar contract to this year and serve as a veteran bench bat. He was a good fit for the Yankees this year, and there may be another team (or maybe the NYY) looking to fill a similar hole.
I thought he actually started his career with them as a blocked outfield prospect.
Yeah – somewhat famously (among Yankee fans, anyway) homered off Randy Johnson in his first career AB. He wasn’t traded so much because he was blocked – right field and DH were in flux at that time – as because he hit from the wrong side of the plate.
Comment by Kevin S. — September 18, 2010 @ 11:03 am
As a Yankee fan, I’d like to see more of Thames and less of Berkman and Kearns. But early in the season, when injuries appeared to have opened up a spot for Thames, he got hurt too. I’d still like to see him as regular DH down the stretch.