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Eric Thames | Outfielder | #7

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Pepperdine
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 7 (0) / TOR
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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Eric Thames' deal with the Brewers is worth $16 million guaranteed.
Thames will make $4 million in 2017, $5 million in 2018, and $6 million in 2019. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that his club option for 2020 is worth $7.5 million and carries a $1 million buyout. He could earn an additional $500,000 per season based on plate appearances. Interestingly, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that Thames can't be sent to the minors without his consent. He's obviously no sure thing to be any more successful during his second stint in MLB than he was in his first, but the Brewers aren't breaking the bank to find out. The plan calls for Thames to be the club's regular first baseman in 2017. Nov 29 - 10:23 AM

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Brewers signed 1B/OF Eric Thames to a three-year contract with a club option for 2020.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth more than $15 million guaranteed. The Brewers are set to non-tender Chris Carter, so the plan is for Thames to take over at first base. The 30-year-old made the jump to the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) three years ago and batted .348 with 124 home runs over 388 games. He previously made stops with the Blue Jays and Mariners in the majors while batting .250/.296/.431 over 181 games. Who knows how much the KBO numbers will translate in his return to the majors, but this is a gamble a rebuilding team can afford.
Nov 29 - 8:58 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the market for Eric Thames is "heating up."

Thames hasn't appeared in the majors since 2012, but he has batted .348 with 124 home runs over the last three seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. He just turned 30 earlier this month, so he's an intriguing name to MLB teams. The Padres, Athletics, and Rays are among the teams who have been linked to him thus far.
Nov 22 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Padres, Athletics and Rays are among the teams expressing "varying degrees of interest" in Eric Thames.

Thames flamed out in the majors a few years ago but found footing in Korea, batting .348 with 124 homers in three seasons. The 30-year-old is obviously a wild card, but he surely wouldn't cost much and might be worth a gamble for a club looking for a potential cheap left-handed power bat.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 20 - 11:55 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Eric Thames is drawing interest from several MLB teams, as well as clubs in Japan and Korea.

The 30-year-old hasn't played in the big leagues since 2012, spending the last three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. He destroyed the baseball all three seasons there, batting a robust .348 with 124 homers and 379 RBI. Given the current market, he should be able to secure a major league deal if he's interested in returning stateside.
Nov 11 - 7:40 PM

Astros released OF Eric Thames.

Thames has signed with the NC Dinos in Korea. The 26-year-old played exclusively in the minors this past season between the Mariners and Orioles.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 04:14:00 PM

According to his agent, Eric Thames has reached an agreement to play for the NC Dinos in Korea next season.

The 26-year-old outfielder was claimed on waivers by the Astros in September after spending the entire 2013 season at Triple-A. He'll look to rebuild his value overseas.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:29:00 PM

Astros claimed OF Eric Thames off waivers from the Orioles; optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Thames was designated for assignment by the O's on Sunday after struggling at Triple-A Norfolk. The 26-year-old outfielder has shown flashes of potential, though, and is a worthy flier for the rebuilding Astros.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Orioles designated OF Eric Thames for assignment.

Thames was acquired from the Mariners in late June, but never made it up to Baltimore. In 36 games at Triple-A Norfolk, he hit .252/.315/.356 with three homers and 13 RBI.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Eric Thames (hand) will resume swinging a bat on Sunday.

Thames is recovering from a fractured left hand. The Orioles acquired him from the Mariners late last month and will consider him for a bench spot once he's healthy.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 02:16:00 PM

Orioles acquired OF Eric Thames from the Mariners in exchange for INF Ty Kelly.

Thames has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. The outfielder is currently nursing a fractured left hand but will give the O's some minor league depth once healthy.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 12:59:00 PM

Mariners designated OF Eric Thames for assignment.

Thames was removed from Seattle's 40-man roster to make room for the return of Franklin Gutierrez. Thames has a lifetime .250/.296/.431 line in the majors and was hitting .295 with seven homers at Triple-A Tacoma this year. He'll likely catch on somewhere else soon.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 06:34:00 PM

Mariners optioned OF Eric Thames to Triple-A Tacoma.

Thames batted .267 (8-for-30) with three doubles and five RBI in 16 games this spring. There's no room for him in Seattle's crowded outfield right now, but he could be an option at some point this year.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 11:13:00 AM

Eric Thames ripped a solo shot Monday, accounting for the only run in a win over the Twins.

It's all Felix Hernandez needed, as he dominated the hapless Twins lineup. Thames has batted .274 with four homers over 23 games since arriving in Seattle.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 10:30:00 PM

Eric Thames doubled in two runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie in the Mariner's 3-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday.

That's a three-game sweep for the AL's hottest team. Thames has two homers and five RBI in his last four games. Even though he's struck out 20 times, he's hitting .286 with three homers and 10 RBI in 19 games since being picked up from the Blue Jays.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 07:11:00 PM