MLB: Marcus Thames (Back) To the New York Yankees

Blake VandeBunteContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

DETROIT - AUGUST 26:  Marcus Thames #33 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 26, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 5-4. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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Marcus Thames is gone. It was one hell of a ride. 

Word has it that the former Tigers' slugger has signed a one-year deal with the Yankees, and will likely form a leftfield platoon with Randy Winn.

The Tigers picked up Thames back in December of 2003 as a free agent. For his first few years, it was tough for Thames to grab any at-bats in Detroit. He was blocked by Dmitri Young at the DH/1B position and was less than stellar as a defender. But when Young was eventually released, Thames got a lot more playing time.

Marcus’ best season in Detroit was back in 2006, when every Tiger had a career year.  He got into a career-high 110 games and responded with a career best 26 homers.

Thames is noted for his big time home runs and for his feast or famine success at the dish. When Thames was hot, he seriously resembled Barry Bonds. He would CRUSH everything. 

When he was off, though, he looked like the 2007 version of Craig Monroe. Thames would strike out far too often and didn’t walk enough to hold much value. As his salary grew through arbitration, it became harder to keep him in Detroit.

So, now Thames is heading back to the Yankees, the team that drafted him in 1996. I wish him the best and he automatically becomes my favorite Yankee (nothing against Curtis Granderson). Thames is one of my all-time favorites but I think letting him go was the right move. 

I’ll still miss him.