The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting veteran slugger Jim Thome has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league prospects Kyle Simon (P) and Gabriel Lino (C).
Thome brings his 609 career home runs to a Baltimore team who finds itself second place to the New York Yankees in a tight AL East division. Hopes are that the power-hitting DH can bring some added pop to a struggling line up after Baltimore’s 13-13 record in the month of June.
The 41-year-old Thome will still see increase time despite his age moving to the American League, but will consistent play wear down Baltimore’s new acquisition?
Thome has a chance to thrive in this new role and Baltimore could reap some major benefits, but the worry here has to be how far can the team ride Thome without breaking him down.
For the Baltimore fans, how do you feel about the Orioles’ latest deal?