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Dodgers release outfielder Marcus Thames

Jul 19, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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As expected, the Dodgers have officially released Marcus Thames after designating him for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Juan Rivera.

Thames was already a very limited player even when healthy and a strained calf kept him from being able to consistently play left field for the Dodgers, which along with struggles at the plate made him next to useless.

However, if he can get over the calf issues Thames could still potentially bring some value to a contending team as a part-time outfielder or designated hitter. He strikes out a ton, can’t hit right-handed pitching, and doesn’t catch much in left field, but Thames has a .496 slugging percentage and 46 homers in 786 career at-bats versus left-handed pitching.

For the cost of a minor-league deal it’d be worth it for several teams to see if he can get healthy and hit his way back to the majors in a platoon role.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    The Yankees need him. He plays well in the Bronx.

    • pisano - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      I’d rather have him over Andruw (strikeout ) Jones.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        He’s got to be a better hitter than Posada at this point. The Yanks might make the playoffs with this team, but they’re not getting very far once they get in- too many weaknesses in the lineup. Texieria needs to be taken out of the 3 spot too- that should be reserved for the team’s best hitter- which he is not.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Here is your grand opportunity to nab that right handed power-hitting outfielder Cholly desires.

  3. Brian Murphy - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Here comes another Simers column, claiming victory.

  4. dodger88 - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    While easier said than done, his best bet is to become a right handed version of Matt Stairs – the deep threat coming off the bench.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      He has to know how to play hockey, if he is going to be the right hand version of Matt Stairs, eh?

  5. Ick McWang - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    I bet the Rays kick the tires. They are desperate for hitting, especially power hitting. But who isn’t, right?

  6. cup0pizza - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    This chump was just yet another completely crappy Ned Colletti move. How he still has a job boggles the mind.

  7. pisano - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    deathmonkey41…I hate to agree with you, but you’re 100 % correct. The Yankees will not go far with this group, there are too many outs in that line up. I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but Posada, strikeout Jones,and double play master Jeter are holes in the line up. Tex is a strikeout waiting to happen ( how I wish Boston would have signed him instead of the Yankees) but there’s no getting rid of him. If the Yankees don’t make some moves before the trade deadline the most they may see is the first round of the playoffs and then they’ll go home for the winter. Cashman, good God get rid of some of these non producers!!!

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