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Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Marcus Thames

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Marcus Thames #38 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJanuary 19, 2011

Back on December 22nd, I wrote a post wondering who’s going to be in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.

Here is how I ended the post:

“I am going to venture to say the Dodgers sign Thames to play left against left-handed pitching and they will platoon him with Gibbons. Not the best combination in the world, but maybe the best of what the Dodgers have to work with.”

Truth be told and almost one month later, the Dodgers have indeed signed Marcus Thames.

Thames played last season with the New York Yankees and hit .288/.350/.491 with 12 HRs in 237 plate appearances. Thames was, once again, solid against left-handed pitching as he hit .300/.352/.454 against lefties.

Look for Thames to platoon with Jay Gibbons in left in 2011.


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