Why all the outrage? Acquiring slugger Jim Thome was a great move by the Orioles.
Dan Duquette and company gave up prospects Kyle Simon and Gabriel Lino for a future hall of fame DH that should not only spark the Orioles lineup, but bring an experienced presence into the locker room. No one has ever muttered anything negative about the 41-year-old veteran. He’s one of baseball’s class acts.
As discussed several days ago, Thome went 6-for-13 with two double, a home run and 4 RBI in those three games against the Birds. He’s belted 18 homers in 67 games played at Camden Yards during his 22 year career. He’s a proven bat who’s now on a contending team that has recently struggled offensively.
And what did the Orioles give up? Simon, a right handed pitcher who the Orioles drafted in the fourth round last year, has pitched to a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts at Single-A. Lino, a 19-year-old catcher, has hit .218 in 227 plate appearance at Low-A this season. Baseball America ranked Simon and Lino the Orioles 18th and 21st best prospects. ESPN’s Keith Law tweeted that the ceiling on both prospects is “really, really low.”
Yeah, the Orioles still need to add another arm if they want to grab a playoff spot. But those moves aren’t made in late-June, they’re made in late-July. For now, Thome’s presence and (hopefully) his bombs should help to put the O’s back on track.