Thames, who was drafted by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 1996 draft, played in the majors for parts of 10 seasons with the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, and Dodgers. He had a .246/.309/.485 line in 640 games.
His best season was in 2006 with the Tigers when he hit .256/.333/.549 in 110 games. His most memorable to Yankees fans was no doubt 2010 when he hit .288/.350/.491 in 82 games playing mostly against lefties. His major league debut was also memorable when he hit a homer off Randy Johnson in his first major league at bat.
Thames actually played for the High-A Tampa Yankees back in 1998 and 1999.
Former Yankee minor leaguer Brian Baisley will also be joining the Tampa Yankees as a coach.