BALTIMORE – The Orioles acquired outfielder Eric Thames from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for minor league infielder Ty Kelly.
Thames, who’s 27, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He’s currently on the disabled list with a broken bone in his left hand.
“We had some interest in him last year,” Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations said. “He’s a left-handed hitter. He has a live bat, and he has decent speed.”
Thames is a lifetime .250 hitter in 181 games with Toronto and Seattle. He has 21 home runs and 62 RBIs.
With Triple-A Tacoma, Thames batted .295 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.
Kelly, who was named to the Eastern League All-Star team this week, was batting .283 with a home run and 47 RBIs for Bowie. He’s played mostly at third base, though also at second and the outfield.
Thames will report to Sarasota, Fla. in a day or two for rehab work. Duquette estimates he’s seven-10 days away from resuming baseball drills.