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the Phils will get right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino in return from the O’s. Simon, 21, was a fourth-round selection in 2011. He has a 3.96 ERA in 72 2/3 innings this season at Single-A. Lino, 19, is batting .218/.282/.340 in 56 games — also at the Single-A level.
why did the phillies want to get rid of him?
I haven't thought about whether this makes sense for the Orioles or not, but you know what? I honestly can't say I care that much because I LOVE JIM THOME and I'm absolutely delighted that some small part of his career will be spent in Baltimore.
Signing Thome was a reasonable gamble for the Phils, hoping to get an occasional start in the field while Howard recuperated. Thome will never start another game at 1B. His back is very iffy.
What #5 said. S(uper)SSS, but he's been a lousy pinch-hitter historically and this season and hasn't found any comfort level with it. As bad as he looked PHing, he looked conversely great DHing.
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