Japanese club working to sign Thames


Via NPB Tracker, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are working to sign free agent outfielder/designated hitter Marcus Thames. Thames, of course, was fantastic after signing a dirt cheap minor league deal with the Yankees last year, exceeding all expectations by hitting .288/.350/.491 (.365 wOBA) overall. He was brought in to mash left-handers and he did just that (.365 wOBA), but he was much better than expected against right-handers as well (.382).

At 33 years old (34 in March) and coming off his best season in half-a-decade, Marcus is probably looking to cash in on what his likely his last opportunity for a big payday. If Softbank offers him two or more guaranteed years at something like $1.5-2M annually, I’m not sure Thames could turn that down.

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  1. MikeD says:

    Yikes. I was hoping he’d return to the Yankees as insurance as they work their way through the Montero/Posada catcher/DH situation. If Montero needs more seasoning, Posada will be catching more, and a good righthanded bat would be a good thing. A good righthanded bat off the bench is always a good thing to have, even if Montero breaks with the club.

    The market for DH-types is flooded, so even coming off his solid year, I don’t expect Thames would get too much more than he got this year. If that’s the case, he is probably Japan bound.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Montero’s bat needs no more seasoning. He can DH if there is a problem with his catching. I do not think there will be a problem. Once Jorge starts catching too much-we will want Jesus back in there.

  2. Maybe Marcus will go to Japan, start doing some whiskey commercials and meet a young girl who isn’t happy with her marriage.

  3. ADam says:

    I would hate to see that…

  4. 102 says:

    Marcus Thames in: Mr. Baseball 2: Black to Japan

  5. Yank the Frank says:

    Sayonara, Marcus-san

  6. Pounder says:

    Calling Mr.Rameriz…..Mr.Rameriz…pick up line 212 please.

  7. vin says:

    Best of luck to Marcus. Wouldn’t mind seeing him return to the Bronx, but its fairly unreasonable to expect a repeat performance.

    I wonder how his game would translate in Japan. Do they have the DH there? I know they have to two leagues, like in the US. Aren’t most ballparks there domed? Having to play Marcus in the OF on a fast turf could be highly problematic.

  8. Mike HC says:

    Good for him. They will love him over there and he gets his money.

  9. Thomas says:

    I always like Marcus, so I will miss him. However, he is certainly replaceable and if this is best for him financially he should do it.

    Good luck.

  10. Monteroisdinero says:

    “He not Big Popi!”

  11. Jimmy McNulty says:

    God for him, I hope he gets like 3/10 or something.

  12. dc1874 says:

    we have dh for 2011…name is jorge posada…

  13. YANKS1FAN says:

    The Yanks already have a great power bat off the bench. Jorge Vazquez. Thames even had his number-38. El Destructor will make you say Thames who? In the last four years in the Mex lg he put up huge numbers. He averaged for a full season, 52hr, 150rbi, .350. Last year with Scranton had 18hr and 62rbi in 76 games. And 12 of those pitchers had Big League exp. Played for Mex in World Baseball Classic and hit a grand slam 475ft in his first AB. He is ready for NY!!!

  14. Xstar7 says:

    Happy Thames has to come back!

  15. JerseyDutch says:

    Fukuoka? That’s pretty far south. I wonder if they have barbecue?


    Hate to see Thames go, he took hold of that role after beating out lance berkman and he deserves a lot of credit.

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