Orioles Acquire Jim Thome

The Orioles have acquired veteran slugger Jim Thome from the Phillies for Single-A prospects Kyle Simon and Gabriel Lino, both teams have announced. O's GM Dan Duquette told reporters (including Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com) that the two sides had been talking for about a week before finalizing the trade on Saturday (Twitter link).

Uspw_6131886Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently disclosed that he was open to moving Thome if there was a deal that made sense for both the slugger and the team. After his recent strong showing at designated hitter during interleague play, Thome was on board with joining an American League club in need of a bat. Philadelphia had been reportedly shopping him to teams in need of a DH and the O's fit the bill.

Thome, 41, is hitting .242/.338/.516 with five homers in 71 plate appearances this season. Most of that damage has come as the DH during interleague play, including a 6-for-13 showing during a three-game series in Camden Yards earlier this month. Thome missed more than a month with a back strain earlier this season.

Baltimore's designated hitters have hit a solid .258/.349/.439 this season, though they've rotated between Nick Johnson, Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis, and others. Johnson was recently placed on the DL with a wrist problem, so Thome gives them a replacement left-handed bat, one that should provide more power. The Orioles designated left-hander Zach Phillips for assignment in a corresponding move to free up a 40-man roster spot.

Simon, 21, was Baltimore's fourth round pick in last year's draft. The right-hander has pitched to a 3.96 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 14 starts and 72 2/3 innings down in A-ball this year. Baseball America ranked him as the Orioles' 18th best prospect before the season in their Prospect Handbook, saying Simon "should be an innings-eating starter." He was originally drafted by Joe Jordan, the Phillies farm director who was previously with the Orioles.

Lino, a 19-year-old backstop, is hitting .218/.282/.340 in 227 plate appearances down in Low Class-A this year. Baseball America ranked him as Baltimore's 21st best prospect before the season in their Prospect Handbook, noting that he offers power potential but is raw behind the plate.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com first reported that the two sides were in talks while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the trade agreement (on Twitter). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Rosenthal later added details (Twitter links). Photo courtesy of US Presswire.


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78 Comments on "Orioles Acquire Jim Thome"


rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

Wow…

3 years 2 months ago

See ya in Cooperstown, Jim.

3 years 2 months ago

lol

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

 hows that funny?

EdinsonPickle
3 years 2 months ago

It’s funny because Thome isn’t even close to being a Hall of Famer. He only has 609 homers…Wait.

Devon Henry
3 years 2 months ago

What a slap in the face, can’t even let an all time great retire with his team. Trading him for a couple of D- prospects…geez…

3 years 2 months ago

Lol, you make it sound like I’m Ruben Amaro Jr. I didn’t want him traded either, but it’s best for both sides. We get prospects, and he gets to play. Still one of the most respected players to ever play the game.

$17049574
3 years 2 months ago

They asked him if he wanted to be traded weeks ago, if the right situation came up.

Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

Nice of the Phillies to do, honestly. And I guess Baltimore’s been emboldened by that extra “playoff” spot.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

They really didn’t give up anything of value.  The prospects may turn out to be something but that is very unlikely.  Halfway through the season and they are 1 game up on the last wildcard spot.  The team lost 93 games last year, and hasn’t competed in awhile.  Might as well give it a shot, their fanbase really needs a playoff run, they were previously capable of a big payroll in the 90’s

not_brooks
3 years 2 months ago

A 41-year-old DH isn’t going to help a team with only two reliable starting pitchers.

Thome will be fun to watch and all, but this move seems fairly pointless to this O’s fan.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Waiting for the “Lefty update” on this maneuver now…

Looks pretty good, so far. Better (and cheaper) than retaining Luke Scott would have been.

James Sanders
3 years 2 months ago

Good move for Thome,Thanks for the memories big fella,  Now where does the other shoe drop.

Alex
3 years 2 months ago

Thank God Detroit didn’t trade for him…

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

why?

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

Because Detroit doesn’t already have enough defensive liabilities and even more when VMart returns?

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

VMart won’t return until september if at all.  Detroit should have tried to get him if this is all it took.  They have been using delmon young at dh alot, and he is a terrible hitter.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

I wonder how many bats the Orioles are sending over to the Phillies? And I mean that figuratively and literally. 

3 years 2 months ago

Got-R-Done!
I am happy!
Now lets do some more Wheelin and Dealin Duquette!

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

I gotta admit, it would have been pretty hilarious if Tejada and Moyer stayed with the team and made the team prior to this trade, and then we signed Vlad just for good measure.  In all seriousness though anyone who has been following the O’s knows this is a 100% upgrade to the lineup. 

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Source: Jim Thome to Baltimore for a cold turkey. 

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

Lino is a very good haul in this type of trade.  

3 years 2 months ago

A Single-A catcher hitting .218 who’ll more than likely turn out to be a dud is hardly a good haul for a team with nobody in their bullpen besides a closer.

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

If you base your whole perception of him on a quick stat search then I guess you are right.

notsureifsrs
3 years 2 months ago

boom

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Teenage catchers take a while to develop, look at Bethancourt in ATL, for years he put up horrible numbers offensivly and he is finally sparking up some. Lino is seen as possibly being a plus defender with some raw power. That’s not bad for a guy nearing retirement.

3 years 2 months ago

 A .622 Ops catcher? Especially we have a catcher. Does he have upside at all?

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

He plays good defense, pretty good power potential. Potential problems with contact down the road, but pretty good baseball acumen behind the plate. Even if he was a backup catch eventually for the Phils for many years its a good move for the future.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

 OPS for a 19 year old? c’mon you’re better then that

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Truly an honor to watch this guy play the game. Wish him the best in Baltimore.

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

I know its players late in their career and all that, but its still always cool to see Hall of Famers in O’s uniforms.  

letsgogiants
3 years 2 months ago

Good luck in Baltimore, Thome. I hope you have another shot at the playoffs.

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

Phils are giving up on the season already!?!?!

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Professional courtesy. Jim would get maybe 30 at bats if he stayed with the Phillies for the rest of the year and he’s proven he’s not very effective as a pinch hitter.

killian lord
3 years 2 months ago

Really surprised the Orioles gave up Lino for Thome

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Nice to see us get some catching depth in the system beyond Rupp and Valle.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 2 months ago

I like the trade for both sides. The Orioles get a definite upgrade in Thome who will benefit from a consistent amount of ABs and the Phillies manage to come away with value in Lino. The American League East adds to its crop of very solid DH types and the Orioles are able to bring in a future HOFer which will surely get fans excited no matter how old he is. Thome is a great veteran presence to help the youngsters during the heat of a playoff race.

go_jays_go
3 years 2 months ago

I really hope that the additional players will help push the O’s into the playoffs. I don’t think the O’s fans could bare to stand another 2005 season.

But at the very least, I think it’s a good thing the lost prospects aren’t highly rated.

leachim2
3 years 2 months ago

3rd big trade of the season.

Dynasty22
3 years 2 months ago

The Freri(spelling?) trade I can see, but what is the other one?

leachim2
3 years 2 months ago

Sean O’Sullivan. C’mon man. Youk.

Dynasty22
3 years 2 months ago

I wouldn’t define that as a huge trade yet. Name value: sure, actually production remains to be seen.

TommyL
3 years 2 months ago

Now Reynolds to Dodgers.

3 years 2 months ago

that is a terrible move for reyolds and the Dodgers.  Chavez Ravine is too large of a park for a real 2 result hitter (strike out or homer).  Reyolds would still hit 240, but instead of hitting 30-40 homers, he goes to 25-30 at best.

The dodgers need to build around small ball, speed and D.  Kemp is the ideal player there, but gordon as a 2b would fit well.  They need a Sean Casey type of 1b (great average and solid D) not a Pena or reynolds type.  sorry but could not think of a guy in the same mold as casey playing now

CubsFanBudMan
3 years 2 months ago

Well looks like the Cub’s are stuck with Soriano for another year

skip1d1
3 years 2 months ago

Great for the O’s! This guy is no doubt headin to the hall. I had the pleasure of watchin him hammer the ball around Target Field with the Twins. I hope the he has a chance at that ring he deserves! Go O’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!