Hoffmann Not Out Yet, Thames Can Opt Out

In an article about the Yankees outfield depth beyond their starters, I made the assumption that Marcus Thames was going to make the team and made it seem like the only way Jamie Hoffmann would stick with the team is if the Yankees worked out a trade with the Dodgers to keep the Rule 5 pick.

I shouldn’t have done that because while Thames might be the favorite, the Yankees didn’t trade former setupman Brian Bruney for nothing and Hoffmann still has a shot at sticking in the Bronx. It seems one of the biggest battles in camp is going to come down between Hoffmann and Thames and Hoffmann’s status is not going to effect the battle one way or another according to manager Joe Girardi.

“Maybe in some other camps, it might work one way or another, but here we’re going to take what we feel gives us the best team,” he said.

Also thrown into the mix yesterday is the little tidbit that, via Chad Jennings of the Journal News, that Thames has an opt-out clause in his contract. If he does not make the team out of spring training he can he has the option to become a free agent.

This means that the loser of the battle between Hoffmann and Thames is likely out of the organization completely. There is a chance that the Yankees could work out a deal with the Dodgers to keep Hoffmann, but there is little chance that Thames agrees to a minor league assignment, it’s possible, but highly unlikely.

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5 Responses to Hoffmann Not Out Yet, Thames Can Opt Out

  1. Brian Burkhart says:

    It's Hoffmann's job to lose. I think the Yankees prefer him for the same reasons they preferred Randy Winn to Reed Johnson: he's much more versatile. Thames has power but that's pretty much it.

  2. smurfy says:

    I know very little, except an attitude: I greatly prefer defensive prowess (see articles above by Steve and Chris) in a backup outfielder over a once in a blue moon chance for a pinch hit homer.

  3. Brandon says:

    I think the Yankees are going to end up keeping Hoffmann either way (trade i.e. Jason Jones trade last year, just Yankees get the player) it really won't take much to trade for him….that being said they may be more enticed to give Thames the MLB spot because Hoffmann is still in the position and age where it makes sense for him playing AAA ball. If Thames doesn't make the team he wouldn't want to do that and they would lose him for good. If a trade can't be worked out then it's a different story. It's basically a season long decision and it's more interesting

  4. smurfy says:

    oMG, they had better stick to Hoffman. Maybe they can convince Thames to keep in shape till the All Star break., just in case.