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Orioles agree to trade for Phillies’ Jim Thome

Jun 30, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia Reuters

Jim Salisbury of has the scoop:

According to a baseball source, the Phillies are in serious talks with the Baltimore Orioles about a potential trade involving Jim Thome.

The Orioles are in the market for a designated hitter and the Phillies are willing to deal Thome to a club where he could fill that role.

Thome is still the Phillies down in Miami, but that could change at some point in the very near future.

The 41-year-old has posted a .242/.338/.516 batting line, five home runs and 15 RBI in 71 plate appearances this season. He would serve as a part-time designated hitter for Baltimore if a deal can be worked out.


UPDATE, 5:51 PM: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has confirmed through a source that a trade is indeed close and says the Phillies will likely be receiving “minor-leaguers” in return from the O’s.

UPDATE, 6:04 PM: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade has been agreed upon. It will be announced after the Phillies and Orioles complete the games they’re currently in the midst of playing.

UPDATE, 6:28 PM: According to Rosenthal, the Phils will get right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino in return from the O’s. Simon, 21, was a fourth-round selection in 2011. He has a 3.96 ERA in 72 2/3 innings this season at Single-A. Lino, 19, is batting .218/.282/.340 in 56 games — also at the Single-A level.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    And with that, the selling season begins.

  2. pkswally024 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Don’t confuse that with the Phillies being sellers. Just yet.

  3. tonyp13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    It was a move out of respect for Thome…he wasn’t going to play the field, so he would have just been a punch hitter. Best of luck to the future HoF’er

    • dwrek5 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      The DH didn’t just disappear from the NL, wasn’t pinch hitter always the plan?

      • deepstblu - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        The Phillies thought they might be able to get a game or two a week at first base out of him, but his back is not letting him play the field at all and it’s unlikely that he can stay sharp enough to be useful on pinch-hitting duty alone.

        Ex-Mets and Twins OF Jason Pridie gets the vacated roster spot. He went .370/.442/.652 in 12 games at AAA between signing early in June and going home to Arizona for the birth of a child a couple days ago.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Well, he was able to be an everyday player as a DH in AL ballparks.

        Anyway, why the heck isn’t Jim going to be a full-time DH with, say, the Rays? What is with this part-time nonsense? This is Big Jim we’re talking about here, he still very much deserves full time work…. right??

      • jwbiii - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        The Rays just had Luke Scott, his $6M salary (I’m assuming they won’t be picking up his option), and his left-handed bat come off the DL, so that’s not a good fit.

      • spudatx - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

        Shhh!!! The Phillies were quietly trying to distance themselves from this stupid idea that Thome could play the field and then act as a pinch hitter upon the return of Ryan Howard (who they hoped would be sooner than this).

        The Orioles deal does ruin my fantasy of seeing Thome traded to the CWS, then somehow finding himself back in Minnesota. (Thus doing the same 4-team cycle twice!)

      • jlovenotjlo - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:32 AM

        I just threw the Rays out there off the top of my head. I guess with Scott coming back that makes sense.

        One thing I do know is that Jim Thome > Yankees DH right now

        I just hate to see Jim on the bench when I think it’d be exciting to still see him hit long balls everyday and pass up some of the juicin’ crew on the HR list.

      • mrfloydpink - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        Actually jlovenotijo, you are wrong. As much as I enjoy bashing the Yankees, they are actually getting more production out of the DH slot than any other team in the league right now.

      • phillyphan83 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        spudatx, dude you need to do so research before you open your mouth next time. Ryan Howard from the start was not expected back before the all-star break, so he is actually AHEAD of schedule genius. Thome was NEVER expected to play the field, which is why he DIDNT. Ty wigginton was brought in for that.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        That’s interesting Mr PinkFloyd. They still don’t have a regular one I guess, but wow, I suppose that’s working just fine for the Yankees.

  4. js20011041 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Good move for the Orioles. Can’t expect huge production for him at this point in his career, but didn’t have to give up much to get him. Unfortunately, what the Orioles really need is starting pitching. Outside of Bundy and Machado (who are untouchable), they really don’t have anything in the system to get a top of the rotation starter. Of course, I’m not sure one starter will give them anything more than a fighting shot at a playoff spot.

  5. xxakshunxx - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    On that last line you mean the Phillies will get those players.. I don’t think the Phil’s are giving up prospects for someone to take Thome off their hands

    • Drew Silva - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM


    • proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      To the person who gave the thumbs down, it appears that you did not realize that Drew has corrected his post.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    The update at 6:28 seems to be a bit off. It says that the O’s will get Simon and Lino from Philadelphia.

  7. tyler200829 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Bunch and Machado are untouchable? Then I guess Bronson Arroyo is Cy Young

    • Ari Collins - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Uhh… What? Bundy is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball, and Machado is in the top five for position players. They should absolutely be untouchable, especially when the Orioles aren’t likely to make the playoffs either way.

      • sasquash20 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        I wouldn’t say that I would trade them, but in the middle of a division race if someone blew me away I would consider trading either player. They both look like future studs, but what if you got an older ace starter say 30ish and a solid bat would you consider it? I would. The Orioles have a solid team and I think they are an ace away from being legit. Again someone would have to blow me away if I was the Orioles GM, but I don’t say anyone is untouchable.

    • randallflagg52 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM


  8. steviep23 - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Nice now go get Quentin & Garza.

  9. steviep23 - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Nice now go get Quentin and Garza.

    • js20011041 - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      “I think I found out a way to trade for both Griffey and Bonds, and we wouldn’t have to give up that much.”

  10. DJ MC - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I’m very excited right now. A lot of it is irrational, because Thome isn’t going to hit like he could even at 35…seven years ago. But I love seeing him play, because he can still get on base and still hit the ball a long way.

    He’ll likely be the everyday DH (unless the Orioles want to play him at third base…) and I believe that he will hit well enough in that role to help the club, which is going through a real down stretch offensively right now.

    Simon and Lino are fine prospects, and a lot of Orioles fans (the ones who pay attention to the minors) are upset that Lino is going in the deal–he is one of the few international hitting prospects to show any promise for the Orioles in years, maybe decades–but both are in high-A ball and struggling. Simon isn’t striking out enough guys, and Lino is striking out too much. They can both be contributors in the majors, but probably not for at least three or four years.

    The Orioles are straggling a bit right now, but they are still in the race. They are in the second wild-card spot and still ahead of Boston and Tampa in the division. They may fade, or outright collapse, the rest of the way and prove a lot of people right, or they could stay in it through the end of the season and if not make the playoffs at least get above .500 for the first time since 1997’s wire-to-wire year. Right now, as long as they aren’t giving up high-level, advanced talent and can find guys to help them keep the team going through the year, they should make some moves.

  11. watermelon1 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Thome can’t run, can’t defend… he’s hitting under .250 and only has 5 homeruns this season.

    I was happy to see the Orioles do SOMETHING before the deadline… but not when I found out that this was the move.

    I would have rather seen them trade prospects to get Koji Uehara back honestly… and he’s not even pitching right now due to injury.

    Buck needs to stop messing with the line-up, and keep Xavier Avery in there. Hopefully they can keep treading water until the all-star break and Markakis makes it back soon to re-ignite the fire they had earlier in the season.

    • phillyphan83 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      See, this is the problem when people comment on teams they don’t watch. Thome’s bad numbers came from his pinch-hitting at-bats. The reason why EVERYONE knew Thome would be traded is because he was scorching hot during interleague play where his role was, DH! He can pinch-hit, he never could throughout his career. But of course you’re just a homer and clearly have no idea what is going on in the rest of the MLB so you just look at stats and think they tell the whole story.

      • phillyphan83 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        *can’t pinch-hit

      • Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Also, looking at AVG and HRs tells only a small part of the story. An .850 OPS is a well-above-average hitter.

  12. rooney24 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Glad to see big Jim get a chance to play more. I just hope the Orioles don’t have to visit Target Field yet this season. He killed the Twins when the he was here.

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