Dodgers get Jim ThomeSeptember 1st, 2009 - 6:46 pm ICT by IBNS
By Tanya Ghosh
Sep 1 (IBNS) The Dodgers have acquired Jim Thome, it was learnt.
James Howard “Jim” Thome is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox will receive infielder Justin Fuller in the deal, and are sending cash to LA that will presumably cover at least part of Thome’s salary, according to Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune.
Sources said: The Dodgers were reportedly seeking a run-producing bat off the bench, and Thome would certainly fit that description. It remains to be seen how the 39-yr old will be used in Chavez Revine however, as the National League doesn’t use a designated hitter. Thome has played just 28 innings at first base since 2005, and is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.
Fuller, 26, was the Dodgers 11th round pick in 2006, and is hitting .254-.340-.418 in 205 at-bats for High Class-A Inland Empire. Assuming the deal was completed before midnight ET on August 31st, Thome is eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason roster.
In exchange for Contreras and cash, the Sox got 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Brandon Hynick from Colorado, a news agency reports.
Hynick is 10-9 with a 3.83 ERA and two complete games in 26 starts this season with Class AAA Colorado Springs.
The 37-year-old Contreras is 5-13 with a 5.42 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 21 starts this season. He has seven major-league seasons with the Yankees and White Sox.
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