PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Jim Thome #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies wipes his face after a teammate hit him with a shaving cream pie after Thome hit a home run to win the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on June 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 7-6. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
The Baltimore Orioles acquired a power bat for the middle of their lineup, picking up Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for A-baller Kyle Simon.
The Baltimore Orioles acquired Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, according to Ken Rosenthal, adding a left-handed DH to put in the middle of their batting order and giving everyone a reason to dig through The Dugout's archives. As if you needed a reason.
Thome was initially signed to give the Phillies some depth at first base and provide power off the bench, but he struggled in a bench role. During interleague play, though, he thrived as the Phillies' designated hitter. With Ryan Howard coming back in the next three weeks, it was clear that it was in the best interests of everyone to deal Thome to an American League team.
The Orioles haven't had a set DH for the year, shuffling Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis, and Nick Johnson in and out of the spot. With Johnson out with an injury -- no, really -- the Orioles have an opening on the roster.
Thome, 41, is hitting .242/.338/.516 with five home runs in 62 at-bats this season.