The Yankees have signed 34-year-old outfielder/DH Marcus Thames, who was recently released by the Dodgers, to a minor league contract, according to George King of the NY Post. He will workout in Tampa before he is assigned to Triple-A Scranton.
Not sure where exactly the Yankees plan on using him. Thames is technically an outfielder although Joe Girardi completely stopped using him as such in the second half last season so he isn’t likely to replace Andruw Jones. Perhaps the idea is to stash him in the minor leagues until September and then call him up when the rosters expand. If the Yankees do intend on calling him up before then they would have two players, him and Jorge Posada, on the roster that barely play in the field at all.
Chad Gaudin was recently released. Maybe we should start watching out for him too.
Thames was a lefty killer in 2010, but this year he has struggled in limited duty, hitting just .167 with a .536 OPS in 36 at bats against them this season. A calf strain has held him back somewhat.