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Report: Dodgers reach agreement with Marcus Thames

Jan 17, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

Marcus Thames yanks

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract with Marcus Thames. No word on the specific terms involved, but the deal could be finalized by as soon as tomorrow.

Thames, who turns 34 in March, batted .288/.350/.491 with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and .841 OPS in 237 plate appearances with the Yankees last season. He’ll presumably be used as part of a platoon in left field, most likely with the left-handed hitting Jay Gibbons. Thames, a right-handed hitter, has thrived as a lefty-masher during his career, compiling a .264/.333/.505 batting line and an .838 OPS against southpaws.

The Dodgers had reportedly considered a plan that would have moved the recently-signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to center field, bumping Matt Kemp to right field and Andre Ethier to left field, but the addition of Thames signifies that they are now prepared to throw caution to the wind defensively.

  1. cup0pizza - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    lol. Whatever, Dodgers.

  2. baseballstars - Jan 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    .264 is hardly “mashing.”

  3. lampdwellr - Jan 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    .505 SLG is, at least, kind of mashing

  4. BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Wow, he’s 34??? Didn’t realize that. Thought he was 30 at most.

  5. baseballstars - Jan 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    34 is pretty mashing.

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