Dodgers Sign Marcus Thames

The Dodgers have officially signed outfielder Marcus Thames to a one-year contract. The deal includes a $1MM base salary and another $800K in incentives.

Thames, 33, would provide the Dodgers with right-handed power and could platoon with Jay Gibbons in left field.  Last season Thames hit .288/.350/.491 with 12 homers in 237 plate appearances for the Yankees. 

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick first reported that the two sides were on the verge of agreeing to a deal while Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed the agreement. Hernandez later added the financial terms (Twitter links).


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88 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Marcus Thames"


GeronimoJansen
4 years 7 months ago

meh.

bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

I wonder if Ned Colletti will overpay for his unusually good 2010 season. History makes me think yes.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

his 2010 season was ok. his 06 season was better. not his batting avg but over all numbers were better

gmenfan
4 years 7 months ago

The deal is worth no more than $1.8M($!1M in salary and $800K in incentives). Hardly consider that a high risk deal even if he doesn’t produce a ton. I like this as a short term, stopgap pickup.

bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

Yea thats a good signing. I assumed the worst.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

i dont get how people are power bats when he avg is about 12 to 15 HRs a year and only had 2 years over 20 HRs

4 years 7 months ago

He has never been an every day player….take a gander at his AB’s per year.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

He’s a platoon player against lefties, so 12-15 HR’s is very good for that role

ZeroZeroZero
4 years 7 months ago

He is a great bat off the bench but hes such a liability once he puts that glove on.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

He’s got to be as good as Berkman! Good move for the Dodgers.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

I rather have him than Berkman in left field. It’s going to be more fun to watch Berkman slide around and field like Manny.

4 years 7 months ago

Lance Berkman admitted he was at least 20lbs overweight last year, especially after he was traded to NY. This offseason, he employed a new personal trainer and has already shed that excess weight and is expecting to be in the best shape in 6 years. I hope Lance has a great year in St Louis this year.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

They don’t call him Fat Elvis for nothing!

4 years 7 months ago

isn’t every mlb player at least 20 lbs overweight?

hrbomber1113
4 years 7 months ago

1. Thames is worse than Berkman
2. this is a completely stupid move for the Dodgers. they must think they’ve in the AL

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think so I watched them both last year for the Yanks, plus Thames is a sub and Berkman is starting. Berkman hasn’t played OF in years, but he can hit.

4 years 7 months ago

So, an upgrade over Manny?

ZeroZeroZero
4 years 7 months ago

Watching Thames in the outfield last year was enough to make you sick at just the thought of him being out there. Hes also a huge step down from Manny’s bat. Manny is better overall compared to Thames but I would imagine he would be considerably more expensive. You get what you pay for.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 7 months ago

“You get what you pay for”

Tell that to the Jays about Vernon Wells, the Yankees about A-rod, the Nats in a couple years about Jayson Werth, the Cubs about Zambrano and Soriano, I’m sure it’ll make them more optimistic about their performance throughout the remainder of their contracts.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

good i can see is this singing is he can back up 1st and LF. i guess that makes Blake only a 3rd base guy and not a back up 1st baseman to. i wonder when we play a AL team will he DH

thegrayrace
4 years 7 months ago

Hopefully Blake will sit versus tougher righties. Carroll can play 2B and Uribe shifts over to 3B.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

didnt think about that one. that would mean blake would be needed less this year since we have more guy who can play 1st and 3rd

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

Please, grammar and punctuation are your friends. That hurt to read.

4 years 7 months ago

I think I’d rather have him singing in the dugout then playing left….

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

I can’t imagine he’s any worse than Gibbons in left. I like it.

4 years 7 months ago

Why would they ever want him in the field? Why? WHY?

meep
4 years 7 months ago

who else would they play. xavior Paul already in his 30s and doenst seem like a good hitter in the times he played.other then that we have a bunch of young guys.

AndreTheGiantKiller
4 years 7 months ago

Xavier Paul will be 26 in February. He’s a good fourth outfielder/defensive replacement.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

oh so i was wrong he be 26. but gywnn there for defense. plus dodgers need a right handed bat Xavier paul wouldnt give them that

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Paul is a bad defender.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

who else would they play. xavior Paul already in his 30s and doenst seem like a good hitter in the times he played.other then that we have a bunch of young guys.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

Unlike some people in this thread, I actually like this signing. Gives them pop off the bench.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

only reason i like it is that they didnt get Damon instead. i would of hated if they did

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

Damon is a DH now. He’s going to the Rays.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

Ned said earlier this week that we were out on Damon.

dusto
4 years 7 months ago

FAIL!!!

4 years 7 months ago

Thames has really fantastic power… He hit a ton of dingers in spacious comerica park and he never hits cheap 350 foot homers… all of his are pretty long
In terms of his defense, he has a much better arm than people give him credit for… he threw in the 90’s when he was first coming up (pitched before committing to OF) and has better speed than a lot of people realize. He is faster than Berkman, is more proven recently in the outfield than berkman and very few players who’ve served primarily in a bench roll have gone on the kind of power surges he has gone on.
Great signing…. very little doubt in my mind that if he is given the outfield spot full time he will put together a slash line of .258/.330/.510 with 30 something homers

meep
4 years 7 months ago

i can see that happen with two outfielders together. if he started maybe but if he there to share time with gibbon in LF then he wont even get close to 30 HRS. more like 12 to 18 is more likely. all the talks i heard was they wanted a right handed bat to share time with gibbon in LF.

markjsunz
4 years 7 months ago

The dodgers are lucky to sign anybody. McCourt has just taken another loan from fox against future payment for broadcast rights. The whole Dodger situation is a mess. Until an owner comes in who can stabilize the finances of the team , and develop young talent instead of being last on player development and signing quality draft choices it will be a medicore orginazation.

4 years 7 months ago

Thames has really fantastic power… He hit a ton of dingers in spacious comerica park and he never hits cheap 350 foot homers… all of his are pretty long
In terms of his defense, he has a much better arm than people give him credit for… he threw in the 90’s when he was first coming up (pitched before committing to OF) and has better speed than a lot of people realize. He is faster than Berkman, is more proven recently in the outfield than berkman and very few players who’ve served primarily in a bench roll have gone on the kind of power surges he has gone on.
Great signing…. very little doubt in my mind that if he is given the outfield spot full time he will put together a slash line of .258/.330/.510 with 30 something homers

4 years 7 months ago

Good for Marcus. Seems like a genuine, nice guy, and has as much raw power as anyone. He never had a chance to play every day, but he just might rake against NL pitching. He kills lefties. He’s not great in the field, but better than many give him credit for. He has a large frame that takes a while to get going, but a huge wingspan that sometimes makes interesting plays. Now the sign- “Marcuswood”?

Now about that sigh:

thegrayrace
4 years 7 months ago

NL West pitching tends to be better than most. Not sure that is a point in his favor.

4 years 7 months ago

Good for Marcus. Seems like a genuine, nice guy, and has as much raw power as anyone. He never had a chance to play every day, but he just might rake against NL pitching. He kills lefties. He’s not great in the field, but better than many give him credit for. He has a large frame that takes a while to get going, but a huge wingspan that sometimes makes interesting plays. Now the sign- “Marcuswood”?

Now about that sigh:

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 7 months ago

Can he play 1st or 3rd? I like the signing but if he can I’d like it even more

meep
4 years 7 months ago

it says he plays LF,DH, and 1st

4 years 7 months ago

He doesn’t play 1st, only LF and RF and he’s really bad defensively. I left out DH because he will only be playing that in interleague play. Though he was a big help for the Yankees last year, he will be missed

meep
4 years 7 months ago

i only said 1st because when you look him up that what it said

4 years 7 months ago

He doesn’t play 1st, only LF and RF and he’s really bad defensively. I left out DH because he will only be playing that in interleague play. Though he was a big help for the Yankees last year, he will be missed

4 years 7 months ago

He played some first base with the Tigers, and he was okay, but never played enough to get used to it.

leachim2
4 years 7 months ago

jeremy,

Punctuation is your friend. It loves to be used.

4 years 7 months ago

Well he played 1 inning for the Yanks last yr at 3rd and boy wasn’t that fun. I’m sure if you look hard enough you can find video evidence, but it may have all been destroyed to protect the innocent.

Chrisn313
4 years 7 months ago

That was one of the funniest things I have ever seen, Marcus plays third and makes a nice stab on a shot down the line. He gets up, no doubt brimming with pride at his shocking display of athletic prowess, and promptly unleashes a “throw” to no one in particular (save perhaps the usher in the third row). Fantastic.

Chrisn313
4 years 7 months ago

That was one of the funniest things I have ever seen, Marcus plays third and makes a nice stab on a shot down the line. He gets up, no doubt brimming with pride at his shocking display of athletic prowess, and promptly unleashes a “throw” to no one in particular (save perhaps the usher in the third row). Fantastic.

4 years 7 months ago

just consider that the cubs signed Pena to a one year 10 million dollar contract. Marcus and Pena will likely put up very similar slash lines next year and will hit around the same number of dingers.
Pena’s one prevailing quality is his defence…. But does that really warrant 10 million???? Thames will make 25% of that in all likelyhood, and I gotta say he deserves every last cent considering the market for 5-6 in the lineup power hitters on the weaker NL teams

4 years 7 months ago

just consider that the cubs signed Pena to a one year 10 million dollar contract. Marcus and Pena will likely put up very similar slash lines next year and will hit around the same number of dingers.
Pena’s one prevailing quality is his defence…. But does that really warrant 10 million???? Thames will make 25% of that in all likelyhood, and I gotta say he deserves every last cent considering the market for 5-6 in the lineup power hitters on the weaker NL teams

4 years 7 months ago

i think the dodgers and the A’s have had the best offseason

4 years 7 months ago

Boston… Boston owned the offseason

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

In terms of marquee names yes, but the real winners in terms of making the most gains has to be the A’s.

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

Boston won the offseason? OMG! Beantown needs a case or three of Champagne!!! We’ll ask the Phillies’ front four to pick up the tab…

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

considering 3 of the 4 were already there before the offseason began, how does your comment address nathan’s claim?

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

That the one they got, for the price they paid makes for a pretty good offseason; the champagne reference is basically about still not knowing what this “best offseason trophy” looks like. Seattle seemed to have a pretty good offseason last year…

4 years 7 months ago

And Marcus is a great club house guy… everyone likes him….

doyers
4 years 7 months ago

this is a nice pick up because he has power and the dodgers were looking for right hnader power hitter to platto with Gibbons. now they sign Eric chavez back up casey Blake at third base and he could be a power threat off the bench.

meep
4 years 7 months ago

why Eric chavez the dude is a health problem over the past 3 years

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

So you sign him to a minor league deal…

meep
4 years 7 months ago

true since the dodger do like older guys who either have health problems or cant hit above .250

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

OMG, Brian Sabean has succeeded in tutoring Ned Colletti. Dammit, those were OUR jokes….

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

OMG, Brian Sabean has succeeded in tutoring Ned Colletti. Dammit, those were OUR jokes….