Sosa for Thames?
You may or may not have heard on WFAN yesterday from Jon Heyman that the Mets are discussing a trade of Jorge Sosa to the Tigers for reserve outfielder Marcus Thames.
On the one hand, I’m not so hot on Sosa and think trading him is a good idea — particularly for a righthanded bat. On the other hand, I’m not sure Thames is the best guy to bring in, particularly with Angel Pagan torching the Grapefruit League.
I *think* Thames has options, and if so, then I’m sort of OK with such a deal. He does hit from the right side, he does play decent defense in the outfield, and does hit with some power. Further, he played 33 games at first base last year — and with Carlos Delgado’s hip a question mark, it would be nice to have options beyond Marlon Anderson. The only thing I don’t like about Thames’ game is his propensity to strike out — he K’d 72 times and walked only 13 times in 282 plate appearances last year, while popping 18 homers. So, he’ll hit a homerun every 15 times up, but he’ll strike out once in every four. That wouldn’t be so bad if he got on base often, but he doesn’t — it’s all or nothing.
That could be good for a part-time player — Tony Clark, for example, has made a career out of it. And the Mets could use some more power off the bench. Dramatic walkoff homers are fun to watch, that’s for sure. Maybe he would be a good fit after all … I still haven’t decided, partly because of Pagan’s performance thus far. If Angel can continue this pace, it would be terrible to see him sent to AAA.
What’s your take?