MLB Insights

September 1, 2009 2:04 AM

Why Did The Dodgers Acquire Jim Thome?

Apparently the Los Angeles Dodgers think they are in the American League as they traded for permanent DH Jim Thome.  I understand that his .874 OPS is attractive, but the man has not played more than 20 innings in the field since 2005!  Even when he did play first base he was not that good, and he is now almost forty years old.  If you think that is nonsense, wait until you hear this. 

Ned Colletti has said that Thome will not be playing first base.  I am assuming that this means the Dodgers are going to have a $14 million pinch hitter.  The Dodgers will also be on the hook for his $3 M buyout at the end of this year.  I hope Chicago chipped in some serious cash, or this moves makes no sense for the Dodgers.

I do not have much else in the way of commentary on this move, so we will just have to wait and see how this turns out for Los Angeles. 

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