Marcus Thames has rejoined the Yanks, signing a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. If the 33-year-old makes the opening day roster, he will make $900,000.
The outfielder/ first baseman has made more headlines with his bat than his glove during his career. The former Yankee prospect’s first major league at-bat got him a curtain call after hitting a homerun off of Randy Johnson on June 10, 2002.
Thames was a top prospect after hitting 31 homers for AA Norwich in 2001, but was traded to Texas for pinch hitting superstar Ruben Sierra in the middle of the 2003 season. Thames has spent 2004-2009 in the Tigers Organization.
Last year, he hit .252 with 13 home runs in 294 at bats and will provide a much needed right handed power source off the bench.
That is if he makes the team.
Thames may very well be competing for the final outfield spot on the roster with newly-acquired Jamie Hoffman. Whoever shows the most promise will most certainly be heading up north at the beginning of April.
Thames hopes he’s heading to New York, not Scranton.