Yankees Sign Marcus Thames

The Yankees signed Marcus Thames, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that it's a minor league deal worth $900K if he makes the team.  Thames originally came up through the Yankees' system but was traded to the Rangers in '03 for Ruben Sierra.

Thames, 33 in March, hit .252/.323/.453 in 294 plate appearances for the Tigers last year, logging 125 innings in left field.  He also has experience in right field and at first base in his career.  He's a right-handed hitter with a .263/.326/.541 line against southpaws over the last three years.

Thames became a free agent in November, as the Tigers were not going to tender him a contract at a salary higher than 2009's $2.275MM.


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101 Comments on "Yankees Sign Marcus Thames"


jeter2blue
5 years 6 months ago

so what is the deal with our left field? platoon of Thames and Gardy?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Thames and Winn.

leviticus6688
5 years 6 months ago

Try Gardner with Winn. I doubt Thames sees more than 100 innings in the field. Seems to me he’ll be used more like a pinch hitter, occasional DH type (a la Jim Thome in Minnesota).
He might pinch hit for Gardner, then have Winn take his place in the field. Or reversed, PH for Winn, then give his position to Gardner.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

All I can say is, That’s one crowded outfield.

leviticus6688
5 years 6 months ago

Since Thames will be under a minor league contract, it doesn’t do much to change the look of their current OF. All it means is that if there’s an injury to Nick Johnson or one of the current OF, they have some insurance. If he does get called up, like I said, it’s just going to likely be the occasional fill-in through pinch hitting and potentially another DH candidate.

Yankeefan4life
5 years 6 months ago

Not bad, not bad.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

rayking
5 years 6 months ago

Fitting that this post comes right after the post entitled: “Did Boras Fail Damon?” This post is a big resounding “YES.” There were plenty of other capable options available, like Marcus Thames, and the Yanks were willing to look elsewhere after Damon rejected their generous offer.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Can I just say I am the biggest Ray King fan ever.

Cosmo3
5 years 6 months ago

Man, I remember Ray King used to be tough against the Cubs. I hated when the Cards would bring him in.

Cosmo3
5 years 6 months ago

Man, I remember Ray King used to be tough against the Cubs. I hated when the Cards would bring him in.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

I’m sure you’ll notice no difference between Garder/Thames/Winn and what Damon does for his new team.

rayking
5 years 6 months ago

Why not give Gardner a shot? Yes, Damon will probably put up better numbers next year, but it’s not worth it to give him a 2 year deal at this point. If it was, why isn’t any other team rushing out to sign him?

I would probably choose noodle-arm Damon over Gardner/Thames/Winn for this upcoming year by a narrow margin, but not so sure about the year after that. That turns it into a one year, $16+ mil contract, and even the Yanks aren’t willing to flush away that much cash on an aging OF.

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

I’m not sure bjsguess was being sarcastic.

rayking
5 years 6 months ago

Why not give Gardner a shot? Yes, Damon will probably put up better numbers next year, but it’s not worth it to give him a 2 year deal at this point. If it was, why isn’t any other team rushing out to sign him?

I would probably choose noodle-arm Damon over Gardner/Thames/Winn for this upcoming year by a narrow margin, but not so sure about the year after that. That turns it into a one year, $16+ mil contract, and even the Yanks aren’t willing to flush away that much cash on an aging OF.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

I’m sure you’ll notice no difference between Garder/Thames/Winn and what Damon does for his new team.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Ray King is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Ray King’s tears can also cure any disease. But Ray King never cries.

yankees4ever
5 years 6 months ago

i love this signing
perfect bench player and the yankees needed some depth

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Not to mention he brings some personality to the club. Hope he makes the team. A great veteran presence and he and Grandy are old friends.

Kolukonu
5 years 6 months ago

I haven’t heard much about how he is in the clubhouse, as I lived in NY and now FL, however if he is a good clubhouse guy, then that makes this acquisition all the more better for the Yanks. I really like what they have been doing in recent years, going away from problem guys who only care about their own paycheck to the admirable, clubhouse guys who care about the team.

GD31892
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t mind us, just getting all of these Tigers outfielders.

eastcoastghost
5 years 6 months ago

When looking at the remaining free agent OF’s let alone RH bats this is all the less surprising. This not only reads as the platoon of Gardner/Thames in LF but I’m sure cash doesn’t mind the idea of someone other than Swisher giving Tex a day off at first or even sliding him to right with Swisher at 1B and Gardner in LF. Clearly cash likes to have options and now it you have the relatively inexperienced Yankees bench staying anchored to it as opposed to trying to do their best Bret Gardner impression.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Has everyone forgot about Randy Winn?

jeter2blue
5 years 6 months ago

no

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Well eastcoastghost did. Randy hitting against righties while Marcus just the opposite. Seems like a crowded outfield. If Thames makes the team, Either Jamie Hoffmann is going back to the Dodgers or Brett Gardner will be traded. They would then have 6 OF’s if no one is gotten rid of.

Kolukonu
5 years 6 months ago

I would put more money on Hoffmann going back to the dodgers than Gardner getting traded. His speed is a valuable asset off the bench.

eastcoastghost
5 years 6 months ago

I sure did, which actually is a pleasant surprise. I really think BG is best served in his usual role off the bench. This makes a suspect bench a fairly decent one thought I do see Hoffman and Golson starting in Scranton.

Kolukonu
5 years 6 months ago

It was my understanding though that if Hoffman was not selected to the Major League Roster for the whole season (barring any rehab assignments in the event of an injury), he had to be returned to the Dodgers as part of the Rule 5 draft stipulations?

eastcoastghost
5 years 6 months ago

0-2 today for me, your right, unless he finds a way to resurface some of that pop he has I don’t see Hoffman taking a roster spot with his athleticism and D alone. Miranda and Montero shouldn’t be threatened by too many for spots though hopefully they challenge the starters for PT, cash loves competition.

leviticus6688
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, he’d have to be on the roster for the whole season. He’d almost certainly not be an improvement over Gardner, so I expect him to go back to LA.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah the Yankees should have selected Zack Kroenke with the first pick than Jamie Hoffmann.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

follow up question, i’ve always been an NL fan, so i haven’t watched a lot of games featuring Marcus Thames…. are we supposed to say his name “THAYMES” or “TIMS”?

yankees4ever
5 years 6 months ago

its pronounced like TAMES

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

TEMS.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

uhthankyou.

mmwatkin
5 years 6 months ago

TIMS

leviticus6688
5 years 6 months ago

He’s got it. ‘Tims’, like the river.

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah you’re right it is “TIMS”. Definitely not “TAMES”

alphabet_soup5
5 years 6 months ago

It’s Tims.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t like the Winn or the Thams signings.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

to paraphrase the onion: you’re right, a mere 8, 8-figure contracts on the field at any given time doesn’t show a real commitment to winning.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

It’s about spending the money wisely. Neither Winn nor Thames are so good that signing them makes more sense than waiting out Damon to see if his asking price drops.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

a) where not talking about huge financial commitments to either Winn (1/$2 mil) or Thames (minor league deal, $800k if he makes the team).

b) How long are the Yanks expected to wait? When Winn was signed it was what, lat Jan? Was their any indication that at that point Damon would settle for $5 mil or less?

I wanted JD back just as much as anyone but Cashman could not wait around for them (Damon/Boras) to come back to him days before ST. What if he did find a sucker who offered more than what the Yanks were willing to spend? Then what? With Winn at least they had a solid option to back up or replace Gardner if he struggled.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

a) Financial commitments matter if they are intent on keeping the budget at or near $200m.

b) Until Damon signs. Winn, Thames, Gomes, Baldelli are basically fungible assets.

I don’t view Winn as a solid option, although granted, his LD% was high last season, and his BABIP was low v. LHP.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Rich, you certainly know what you are talking about. If they waited another week or two, Tim would have posted a post such as this:

“Damon and Yanks reunite”

rbeezy
5 years 6 months ago

Thames is going to get released 2 months into the season. Yankee fans will cry about his poor plate discipline.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Someone is going somewhere because if Thames makes the team, the Yankees would then have 6 OF’s on the 25-Man Roster which is unacceptable.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

Not really sure if I understand this deal. Why? I’m more than happy to have Gardner as my starter with Winn as the 4th OF and replacement to Gardner if he falters. Thames doesn’t really resolve any issues. So what he’s a RH batter. His line last year was only .257/.350 w/ 1 hr per 25 at bats and 1 ko for every 4 AB. Not exactly good. His defense is poor as well. So now the Yanks have 6 OF’ers in Gardner, Grandy, Swish, Winn and Thames. Out of that group, the majority of them have a propsensity to strikeout a lot, and aside from Swisher, an inability to post a bat avg or obp above .260/.340 in recent history. How is that great? I hope it’s a minor league deal with a ST invite. If he’s being brought in as bench player then I would’ve preferred Rocco Baldelli over Thames all day, everyday.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees signed Marcus Thames, tweets SI’s Jon Heyman. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that it’s a minor league deal worth $900K if he makes the team.
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(phew) Ok, I feel much, much better now. No problem with it being a minor league deal. If he makes the team then my guess it’s because Hoffman failed to impress. Simply wouldn’t make sense to trade Gardner to start the like of Winn or Thames. Baldelli still would’ve been my 1st choice but seeing as how he’s a Boras client I doubt he would’ve signed a minor league contract.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

you bet.

Kolukonu
5 years 6 months ago

That makes it much better in my opinion. I was worried it was a guaranteed deal with how many OF we already have. The fact that it’s minor league, you might as well give him a shot.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

Playing in a platoon he’ll slug over .600 at Yankee stadium.
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I could careless how short the porch is in RF, you still have to make contact with the ball to get it over the fence. Seeing as how Thames ko’s once ever 3.5 AB and would be coming off the bench, I’m not that impressed.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

So what bench players make the big league roster?

yankswin27
5 years 6 months ago

Randy Winn, Marcus Thames, Francisco Cervelli, and Ramiro Pena.

Very strong bench. I love what Cashman has done this offseason.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Randy Winn and Marcus Thames are going to platoon. Jamie Hoffman will go back to the Dodgers most likely.

yankeepride3
5 years 6 months ago

I was hoping they’d make this signing, or at least one similar. We needed some pop off our bench, like Hinske last year, but since we have more left handed hitters now, it had to be someone who could hit lefties well, especially with Granderson. Obviously is this isn’t a very big move, but its a solid and cheap one. I think he takes the last spot away from Hoffman on the bench, and the roster is set now.

Bench:
1B/OF Thames
IF Pena
C Cervelli
OF Winn

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Winn and Thames will platoon.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah I think that Hoffman guy is going back to LA like many of those Rule V picks end up doing, returning to their old teams.

What’s more the Yankees can make defensive replacements for Swisher in Right Field late on in games, with Gardner or Winn on the bench and have a late inning defense of Winn/Granderson/Gardner in the outfield.

Winn or Gardner can be used as pinch runners as well depending on the situation and who is on the bench that day.

As someone said competition is a good thing and gives more options if one guy is not getting the job done.

I’m surprised at folks worrying about Granderson against lefties the majority of the Yankees lineup can hit lefties, on those days other guys just have to pull their weight when a lefty is going.

Jeter – .395 vs lefties
Johnson – .316 vs lefties
Teixeira – .305 vs lefties
Arod – .277 vs lefties
Posada – .290 vs lefties
Cano – .309 vs lefties

That leaves Granderson, Swisher and Winn/Gardner/Thames platoon

Swisher never hits for high averages against anyone but still gets on base, he had a .393 OBP against lefties

The Yankees are more than deep enough to deal with lefties, plus I imagine Granderson working with Long will improve against lefties even if its in the .240+ range of average, its going to be better than what he did last season at .183.

eastcoastghost
5 years 6 months ago

I understand everyones gripe with Thames’ production but honestly, how does everyone envision BG being anymore than a platoon starter. Aside from last year Winn’s numbers outweigh BG in almost everyway and Thames hits for basically the same avg with much more potential for power. Thames can’t come close to Gardner’s D but Winn can. Also the 3 of them don’t make 13mil combined….

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

a) Financial commitments matter if they are intent on keeping the budget at or near $200m.

b) Until Damon signs. Winn, Thames, Gomes, Baldelli are basically fungible assets.

I don’t view Winn as a solid option, although granted, his LD% was high last season, and his BABIP was low v. LHP.
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If it were reasonable to think that Damon would’ve signed for $2.85 mil then yes you would be correct. But realisticaly, as of Jan 27th (when Winn was signed) or today, it’s unlikely he would’ve come back at that price. And I think the Yanks may have offered him about $5 mil prior to signing Winn. That being said it’s incumbent upon Cashman to fill the holes with the best of the rest.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

And honestly, I think most are reading this incorrectly IMO. Winn and Thames are not being brought in to replace Damon. Gardner or Granderson are replacing Damon and Winn is replacing what the role of Cabrera or Gardner would have been had Damon signed already. I think it would be insane NOT to give Gardner every opportunity to win/earn/hold on to, the starting LF/CF job. He’s shown flashes of what could be a very productive player. IF…IF he can hold a .275/.350 average, play solid to above avg defense and steal 40-50 bases then he would’ve had a fine, fine year.

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

Hey, Tigers? We’ll take Verlander too, mmk?

JOKING.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

can we also take Porcello, Miguel Cabrera, and maybe we can ask the Indians for Sizemore. What about the Cards letting us borrow Albert Pujols?

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Dude, I thought you were a Tigers fan? I understand we talked about you liking just baseball in general, but these allegiances to every team in all these different articles and posts gets confusing.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Hey man, I got love for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. I’m just a huge Baseball fan.

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

I know man I’m just saying… it doesn’t really make sense when you get pumped up for a move like the Tigs locking up JV, and then talk about the Yanks getting even more of the Tigers players. And when you refer to the Yankees you use the terms “we” and “us”, so is it safe to assume they are your favorite team or what?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Well I’ll tell you what. Being a Baseball fan, I get pumped up whenever teams do their things. I do live in NY and I am a Yankees fan but I really like the Tigers, Diamondbacks, Royals, Twins (yes Twins), Marlins, Reds, Cubs, and every other team because it’s Baseball. And being a Baseball fan, obviously there are teams that I like more than others but I love the game so much that I get pumped up when any other Baseball team does something. I’ll tell you what though. Next time the Tigers make a move, I will personally sort through all of the comments and find Tigers22 to let you know that I’m very pleased with the state of the Tigers and how much I like and respect their team. And hey, It’s Baseball time!!!! (it is Baseball time every day of every year for Baseball fans like us) It’s time to celebrate every team’s off-season success (even the Mets) and say, Let’s this get this season started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Alright man, you didn’t have to go get all sarcastic and smart with me. It was a legit question. It didn’t have anything to do with your caring how the Tigers are doing at all. It was simply me wondering how you have so much conflicting interest in teams, and who you liked over each other.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I wasn’t being sarcastic man.

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, okay man. Sounds good then!

See that, I wasn’t being sarcastic either.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

You got it bro

ltdibo020
5 years 6 months ago

Ok how about a hug then? lol

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Dude, I thought you were a Tigers fan? I understand we talked about you liking just baseball in general, but these allegiances to every team in all these different articles and posts gets confusing.

PinstripeLife
5 years 6 months ago

To me – it looks like they are stocking up on smaller trade chips to get in on Crawford mid-season. They could package 2/3 of them + cash. All of these guys look like players that Tampa Bay would be interested in. We all know that they will look to move Crawford if they arent in on the playoffs by the deadline.