Late Friday night, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, reported that the Phillies have agreed to sign Jim Thome to a one-year contract. Thome will receive an estimated $1.25 million, according to Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury. The deal becomes official once Thome completes his physical on Saturday.
Thome, who hit .250 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 93 games last season, is getting up there in age, but is still a dangerous hitter from the left side of the plate. With Ryan Howard in jeopardy of missing the first few weeks of the season, this was a solid move for Ruben Amaro Jr. who always seems to move fast once the off season begins. Once Howard comes back, Thome will be a formidable weapon off the bench. Thome is also well loved by Phillies fans so this is something that will have them stoked to start the Hot Stove Season.
As if that wasn’t enough, it now appears that the Phillies are close to landing outfielder Michael Cuddyer, formerly of the Twins, according to Jim Salisbury.
Last season, Cuddyer batted .284 and posted a .854 OPS in 584 at-bats while slugging 20 home runs and driving in 70 runs. Cuddyer is as versatile as they come and can play the outfield as well as first, and third base. He also happens to be very close with Jim Thome after spending time together with the Twins.
Cuddyer, 32, is especially dangerous against lefties who he batted .311/.403/.589 against in 2011.
The NL East Champs are wasting no time…