Yankees unlikely to consider bringing back Thames

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Yankees are keeping an eye on Brandon Webb

Via Buster Olney (Insider req’d), the Yankees are unlikely to consider bringing Marcus Thames back for the 2011 season. With Jorge Posada, a switch-hitter, slotted in as the full-time designated hitter, any right-handed bat off the bench would need to provided defensive flexibility to get playing time. The same logic applies to Manny Ramirez, another long shot signing.

Thames was awesome for the Yanks in 2010, but he’s unlikely to match the carer high (by frickin’ far) .345 BABIP again. His defense is also unusable, so he’s the very definition of a one-dimensional player.  It just doesn’t make sense given the present construction of the team.

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  • Mike Myers

    Happy holidays Thames. See you in Japan.

  • DandyAndy


    my favorite memory of Thames (the only reason it trumps the Boston game it because I got to be in YS for the Toronto game)

  • pete

    I call bullshit. Maybe (probably) they’re unlikely to bring him back. I highly doubt that they’re unlikely to consider it. In fact, I would guess that they already have considered it.


    • Mike HC

      I considered paying Lee an extra 5 million a year out of my own pocket to come to NY, then decided against it at the last minute. Consider it considered though.

  • Plank

    I’m hoping the Yankees consider this guy for 4th outfielder. If he stays out of trouble he could be far and away the best 4th outfielder in the league and he can be had for cheap.


    • Mike HC

      The crazy to production ratio is too slanted though. The crazy far outweighs his production. And the crazy far outweighs the small role he would play for the team.

    • Gonzo

      Was never a fan, even when some were clamoring for it when he was released by the Nats.

      Let someone else pay for a) shaking the rust off b) the therapy. Bowden paid for a bodyguard/sitter like Pacman had and he still screwed up. He also falls into the Brett Myers category for me.

      No thanks.

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      I hope not, out of baseball for the 2010 season, .242 lifetime BA and 31 Hrs. Next he have more woman in NY to pick on. He is a physical speciment of an athlete without a doubt but not worth the trouble.

      • Plank

        That is what people were saying about Josh Hamilton when he was 27. It seems unfair to write off Dukes permanently at the same age.

        Dukes had 3 seasons in the majors before 26. Hamilton was so screwed up he couldn’t even stay clean long enough to get to the majors. Would you have given up on him too?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    We could get Glenallen Hill again. He’s about 47 years old now, but if he could reenact that 2000 stint with us that’d be cool.

    Axisa, there’s your random Yankee open thread topic.

    • Mike

      I’m still waiting with my fingers crossed for the Dale Sveum open thread. Dude managed a -0.8 WAR in 64 ABs on the 98 juggernaut. Good times…

      • jsbrendog

        where’s my mike aldrete love? or john mabry?

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          Mabry was THE BEST!

  • OldYanksFan

    My guess is aside from a Hairston, Cashman goes with an internal answer for 4th OFer until July, when better meat is available.

  • a plethora of pinatas

    I thought they were considering Thames for the back-up infield utility man?

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  • leftylarry

    This is all about having given Posada the extra year which was not warranted.
    If Jorge was retried, we’d have a better DH from both sides of the plate, maybe somebody who can also score from 2nd on a single.

    • FIPster Doofus

      This just in: Posada is still a very good hitter.

      • lenM

        Good for what. Did you not see his at bats this year put the fork in he’s done. The guy can’t catch, throw, and now he’s no better than a 240 hitter in MLB. Don’t even consider him a slight up grade from the great season at DH Nick Johnson had at a whopping 136 BA. Apparently Cashman’s idea for a DH is no more than Dumb Head. He continues to say we only have a few holes in the line up. What a joke. It’s a batting order fill with names and no results that is no match for any play off team.

        • FIPster Doofus

          .357 OBP, .454 SLG last season. Again, Posada is still a very productive offensive player.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Addendum: It’s a batting order filled with names and no results, eh? Interesting take, as the Yankees had the No. 1-ranked offense in MLB last season and should be close to the top yet again in 2011.