Orioles acquire Jim Thome

June 30, 2012 | WNST Staff

FoxSports and CSNPhilly.com are reporting that the Orioles have acquired Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday in exchange for Frederick Keys P Kyle Simon, the Orioles fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Arizona, and Delmarva Shorebirds catcher Gabriel Lino.

The Orioles confirmed the FoxSports report Saturday afternoon, and said that Thome will suit up as the Orioles’ full-time DH for the first time Sunday against his old team, the Cleveland Indians.

Thome,41, is currently hitting .242 with 62 ABs, 5 HRs, and 15 RBIs in 30 games of action.

In 2011 with the Minnesota Twins, Thome became only the eighth member of the 600-HR club.

The five-time All-Star has spent time with five other clubs in his major league career, including the Indians, Twins, White Sox, Dodgers, and Phillies.

Simon was 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts for the Keys.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    They should have signed him last year instead of Glad. Proven player, good club house guy, it’s a win win.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    When do the vets report at training camp?

  3. Chris Says:

    I don’t get this at all. They literally have an entire team that can only bay DH. Between Thome, Reynolds, Davis, and Betimit they are killing themselves defensively and they can’t all DH at once. The O’s need fielders and pitchers IF they are serious about trying to stay in the race. This may just be a case of them pretending to show interest in competing by picking up a player that was done 3 years ago and trying to sell him as the player he was then, not now.

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