Jim Thome, whose 609 homers are tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place all-time, was swapped by Philadelphia to Baltimore for two young minor leaguers.
BALTIMORE — Slugger Jim Thome is headed to the Baltimore Orioles, whose struggling offense is in dire need of some punch.
Thome was traded from Philadelphia on Saturday for two young minor-leaguers, right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino.
The 41-year-old Thome is a five-time All-Star. His 609 homers are tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place all-time, and his 1,689 runs batted in over a 22-year career are 25th.
Out for much of the season with a strained lower back, Thome didn’t figure to see much time in the field for the slumping Phillies. He also had struggled as a pinch-hitter. In 30 games for the Phillies, he hit .242 with five home runs and 15 RBI.
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Thome will move right into the designated-hitter role with the Orioles.
“Baltimore is having a nice year, and it will be exciting to go over there and try to help those guys win and get some at-bats. I’m excited about that, for sure,” Thome said.
In 67 career games at Camden Yards, he’s hit 18 home runs — one every 13.6 at-bats. Of the 65 homers to land on distant Eutaw Street in two decades, Thome has launched two of them.
Baltimore will be Thome’s sixth team. He previously played for Cleveland, Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Phillies.
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