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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Phillies Sign Thome
Philadelphia Phillies sign 1B/DH/PH/3B (I kid) to a one year/ $1.25 million contract.
I’m slightly surprised that he’s coming back.That last appearance for the Indians at third base seemed like such a nice ending to one heck of a ride.
But the man can still hit and I’d much rather have Thome as Ryan Howard insurance, DH in the AL games (and if all goes according to plan, the World Series) and primary pinch-hitter than Ross Gload for instance. Yes, Thome comes with issues. Can he still handle first if it’s required? Also he’s had back problems. The risks certainly look acceptable to me—. particularly as next to no resources have been tied up.
I honestly think Thome could have commanded a bit more if he’d been willing to shop around. I can think of teams looking for a short term DH who wouldn’t have blinked at paying what he made last year ($3 million). If he says it’s about the best shot at a ring, I believe him.
I have no idea what ZiPs will say. I’m betting he’ll put in an OBP heavy 125 OPS+ in around 140 plate appearances.
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