Yankees getting the band back together, re-sign Marcus Thames


Via George King, the Yankees have signed Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. He’ll work out in Tampa at the minor league complex before being assigned to Triple-A Scranton. The Dodgers released Thames earlier this week after he’d hit just .197/.243/.333 with two homers in 70 plate appearances this year, plus he missed a bunch of time due to a calf strain. Welcome back, Marcus.

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  1. CP says:

    Clearly, he’s better than Andruw Jones.

  2. forensic says:

    This will obviously fix the numerous underperforming/dead spots in the lineup…

    The downtrending of the offense will clearly stop now…

  3. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    WHYYYYYYYYY? Bernie Williams still wants to play.

  4. Andrew says:

    This will really help Scranton’s playoff push

  5. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    “Getting the band back together”
    { They’re on a mission from God. }

  6. Undertaker's Dong says:

    Chad Gaudin “Come on Down”

  7. Rich in NJ says:

    Being a marginal Yankee means never having to say goodbye…for good.

  8. JamesNeuf says:

    Why not try and catch lightning in a bottle? Also I will always love him for hitting that walk off home run against Papelbon (on my birthday!) last year.

  9. Andrew J. says:

    I saw some of his at bats in LA. Not good.

  10. Adam says:

    What’s Sidney Ponson up to these days?

  11. bonestock94 says:

    I like this move. I don’t expect 2010 but I think he can contribute off the bench when gets 100%.

    • Joey from jersey says:

      Hopefully you meant Scranton or Trenton’s bench…..

      • bonestock94 says:

        “When he gets 100%,” no I meant the MLB bench. Look at his career line against lefties.

        • Joey from jersey says:

          Absent any further / continuing injuries, Who exactly will he replace? Thus, hopefully he remind in the minors. I have no issue with the minor league signing, but if he replaces anyone not named Posada (which ain’t gonna happen) it will likely be because of injury. Thus I hope you meant he will help scranton’s bench.

          • bonestock94 says:

            The only guy is Jones I guess, but he’s been good against lefties. Plus I’d hate to lose him. You’re right, I didn’t consider the logistics. He can’t replace Posada, the DH slot would be worthless vs righties.

      • Sayid J. says:

        Yea, Marcus Thames is now a AA player…

    • Cris Pengiuci says:

      Yeah, or have him fill in at SS for that overpaid, over-the-hill, shell of a captain. He did play 3rd base for the team last year.


  12. Reggie C. says:

    But can he throw as well as golson?

  13. We all know he’s had his struggles in the OF, but can he play some 3B?

  14. theyankeewarrior says:

    Worst trade season ever.


  15. infernoscurse says:

    cashman obviously knows that scranton will need a dh because montero is being promoted to the big club to dh and jorge vazquez is being traded for gavin floyd

  16. Greg says:

    Meh, its a minor league deal.

  17. Bronx Byte says:

    The Dodgers dumped Thames. That tells the story. Dumpster diving is not Cashman’s job. That’s a Theo INepstein job.

    • Bartolo Colon? Freddy Garcia? Eric Chavez?

      • Ted Nelson says:

        The Dodgers basically cut Russell Martin as well. Cory Wade (literally a Dodger last season, with a lay-over in TB) & Luis Ayala. Heck, Nick Swisher was a sort of dumpster dive.

        Besides ignoring that it’s a minor league deal, Bronx Byte also ignores that you’re looking for value wherever you can find it. In all likelihood Thames won’t show enough by the deadline to really change their thinking there, but he’s at least injury insurance and at best a potential righty platoon partner for Posada should Jones fail.

    • infernoscurse says:

      cashmans is known to stick his hand more in the dumpster more than epstein, specially with ex has been red sox players

    • pat says:

      He has more value to the Yanks because he can DH and hide in RF.

    • Jim S says:


      Scenario A: Theo searches for gold in the dumpster. “CASHMAN WTF why don’t you find these guys in the scrapheap instead of overpaying for our shitty under performing shit?”

      Scenario B: Cashman searches for gold in the dumpster: “CASHMAN WTF why don’t you spend money and buy someone who’s WORTH IT and leave dumpster diving to Theo?”

      • Ted Nelson says:

        If there’s one thing I’ve learned from following this blog, there will be fans who criticize anything the Yankees do (and probably any other team, but seems especially rabid since we Yankee fans are used to winning a lot…). If they win the WS in 5 games this season, I would honestly expect more than one comment about how they failed to sweep.

        • Jim S says:

          Yeah, I mean, I won’t criticize people for being overly passionate. Not everyone can subscribe to zen baseball, especially for a team with expectations like the Yankees. I definitely don’t use zen baseball when I’m at the games.

          But the logical cartwheels get a bit ridiculous. Especially once you’ve had time to calm down.

  18. I asked Mike if there would be an obligatory Marcus Thames post right after the Dodgers released him. Minor League deal is alright by me.

  19. Jedile says:

    Clearly this is a move for the bullpen. He is starting in the minors to try and make it as a pitcher now! He gonna be the next Ogando.


  20. Glad it’s an MiL deal.

  21. duzzi23 says:

    Dunno why people are trashing this move Thames was great for us last year and clutch. He’s way better than dickerson or golson and makes for a good dh/pinch hitting option. I wish they’d just call up Montero but that will never happen.

    • Dunno why people are trashing this move

      Me neither, it’s zero risk, possible (if remote) reward.

      Thames was great for us last year and clutch.

      Largely irrelevant, but yes, true.

      He’s way better than dickerson or golson

      Meh, probably not. But possible and worth trying, yes.

      and makes for a good dh/pinch hitting option.

      See above.

      I wish they’d just call up Montero but that will never happen.

      Patience, young padawan.

      • Jeremy says:

        Montero has fallen very far, he can;t hit in the minors yet people wan thim on the Major league roster? Yankees see Austin Romine (SP?) as their catcher down the line, I would not be surprised if Montero gets traded.

  22. David, Jr. says:

    Watch for Chad Gaudin. Could be imminent.

  23. KenC says:

    now we are missing another player. Here’s a hint: he was released by the Nats -.-

  24. Pounder says:

    No flexibility with this move.River Thames is absolutely horrendous in the field.Minor league depth.Parraz will be brought up before Thames,hopefully.

  25. Cuso says:

    Don’t get me wrong, Thames is a good guy. And he did great in the role that he played last year.

    But if you’re trying to get 2010 lightning-in-a-bottle, couldn’t ya go talk to the Cubs about Kerry Wood?

    If Thames was a lefty or could field a lick, I could see it. But his role on this team is already filled (by someone who can actually field a little bit, mind you).

    • If the Cubs release Wood, then yes, I expect Cash to be all over him.

      Thames was signed because, unlike Wood, he currently costs nothing but straight cash, homey.

      One of the most cost effective ways of catching lightning in a bottle is to procure free bottles.

      • CS Yankee says:

        One of the most cost effective ways of catching lightning in a bottle is to procure free bottles.

        Tell me where is he going to find caps for those said bottles?

      • Cuso says:

        …oy vey

        My point was that if there’s anything you want to take from 2010 that there is a need for on the 2011 team, Thames isn’t it.

        And I don’t think there’s any way to get Wood anyways.

        Thames is a very nice guy. A very nice guy with a fuckface.

        • Urban says:

          As I noted below, we don’t know what the Yankees will need in a week or a month.

          Some people think the Yankees get lucky when they suddendly find a Colon, or they get a great run from an Aaron Small, or a very productive hitting season from Thames in 2010.

          Luck is the residue of design and hard work.

  26. first time lawng time says:

    What’s the big deal? Thanes was good last year. He’s a nice guy. The Yankees can’t sign a Barry Bonds every trade deadline. The Yankees will get Arod and Chavez (?) back soon and now the have Thames. That’s perfectly solid. Don’t act like spoiled brats like you’re ungrateful about this.

    • Urban says:

      Some Yankee fans overreact to moves because they can’t see beyond what’s in front of them at a given moment. One-dimensional thinking. Cashman is providing potential options, both for himself and Girardi, based on moves that may or may not come. Fans were upset when the Yankees signed Colon. There was no risk, but they still were upset. It was a depth move. It paid off. Most don’t, but that’s why during the season the Yankees and Cashman make many of these moves. A few of them pay off. It’s a volume game. Mike Lamb right now sits in the minors. He will probably never see the MLB roster. Or maybe Chavez gets injured again before A-Rod returns, and suddenly Lamb becomes a useful piece until another move is made.

  27. Bartolo's Colon says:

    I’d be interested in seeing girardi send out a yankees defensive all stars lineup one of these nights. thames in left, pena at third, nunie at ss, posada at first, aj on the mound, and cervelli behind the plate. whats the most errors ever in a game? in all seriousness i hope they don’t even let thames touch a glove.

  28. Xstar7 says:

    Happy Thames are here again!


  29. Jack Merridew says:

    Finally Cashman realizes what a mistake it was to let him go. Good pickup. He’s one of those guys like Sojo and Aaron Small that help us win ballgames.

  30. dkidd says:

    they’re on a mission from god

    /best movie ever’d

  31. Urban says:

    A simple depth move. With Posada’s continuing issues against lefties, if Thames shows he has anything left, he might serve as part of a lefty-righty platoon. Those ABs should go to Montero if he’s still with the team, but if the Yankees trade Montero, they’re building options. Just like they did when they signed Colon or Chavez. This is one of the things Cashman does best. Some like Millwood never see the light of day, others being important cogs in the machine. Be happy. Cashman is at work and is thinking several moves ahead on the board.

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