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Friday, July 22, 2011
Report: Yankees sign Thames to minor-league deal


The Yankees have signed corner outfielder Marcus Thames to a minor-league contract, according to the New York Post.

Thames, 34, who was released by the Dodgers earlier this week, will head down to Tampa before being assigned to Triple-A Scranton.

Thames hit .288 with 12 home runs and 33 RBIs for the Yankees last season. He was hitting .197 for Los Angeles at the time of his release.

The Yankees signed Andruw Jones in the offseason to replace Thames, but he’s hit just .204 with six homers and 17 RBIs.

Thames batted .300 against left-handed pitching in 2010. He is a career .260 hitter off southpaws.