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Eric Thames | Outfielder | #7

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Pepperdine
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 7 (0) / TOR
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Eric Thames (knee) returned to the Brewers' starting lineup on Saturday.
He was scratched on Friday due to minor knee soreness, but is back in there and ready to go on Saturday. His transition back to Major League Baseball hasn't gone that smoothly this spring, as Thames is hitting just .241 (7-for-29) with one homer, two RBI and a 10/5 K/BB ratio. Mar 18 - 12:15 PM

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Eric Thames was scratched from Friday's starting lineup due to a sore right knee.

Thames has had a quiet spring, hitting .241/.353/.379 in 29 at-bats. He's likely day-to-day.
Mar 17 - 2:59 PM

Eric Thames hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday in the Brewers' 7-7 Cactus League tie with the Cubs.

It was a fifth-inning solo shot off Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery. Thames also singled in the third inning against Brett Anderson. The first baseman carries a sky-high fantasy ceiling into the 2017 regular season after dominating for three years in the Korea Baseball Organization.
Mar 14 - 7:06 PM

Eric Thames is batting second for the Brewers in Saturday's Cactus League contest.

With Jonathan Villar away from the club for the World Baseball Classic, Brewers' manager Craig Counsell is using the opportunity to mix up the lineup. He had mentioned earlier in camp that Thames or Travis Shaw could be options to hit out of the two-hole. Thames is off to a slow start this spring, hitting .211 (4-for-19) with just one extra-base hit.
Mar 11 - 11:40 AM

Eric Thames reached base twice Wednesday in the Brewers’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

Thames mashed a line drive double to left field in the second inning and walked in his next trip to the plate. He was replaced by Garrett Cooper after flying out to left field in the sixth. Thames has received a ton of hype in fantasy circles this spring but so far is hitting just .167 through 18 Cactus League at-bats. After a three-year stint in Korea, Thames is penciled in as the Brewers’ starting first baseman.
Mar 8 - 7:07 PM

Eric Thames went 1-for-3 against the Mariners on Thursday.

The single was his first hit of the spring in 11 at-bats. He played first base and batted in the cleanup slot. Thames is returning to MLB this year after spending the last three years dominating the Korean Baseball Organization.
Mar 2 - 8:38 PM

Eric Thames is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Brewers on Saturday against the Angels.

This marks Thames' unofficial return to the big leagues after spending the previous three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ryan Braun is the lone Brewers' regular who isn't in the lineup on Saturday. Travis Shaw is starting at third base and batting third while Hernan Perez draws the start in left field and is batting cleanup.
Feb 25 - 11:13 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 10:23:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 08:58:00 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.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 03:52:00 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
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 11:55:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 07:40:00 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
3Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Jimmy Nelson
4Matt Garza
5Chase Anderson
6Wily Peralta
7Tommy Milone
8Taylor Jungmann
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Corey Knebel
3Jacob Barnes
4Jhan Marinez
5Carlos Torres
6Tyler Cravy
7Rob Scahill
8Andy Oliver