1B,RF - FA
Athletics designated hitter Eric Thames was held hitless in two at-bats Friday in the Athletics' 10-8 win over the Angels.
Thames will get plenty of opportunities this spring to attempt to claim a spot in the Athletics everyday lineup.
Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle reports veteran 1B/OF Eric Thames is signing a Minor League deal with the Oakland A's.
Thames only played 10 games in Japan in 2021 following a disappointing 2020 where he hit just .203 with 3 HR in 140 plate appearances. He doesn't figure to be very fantasy relevant in 2022 unless fellow 1B Matt Olson is traded.
The Nationals declined their portion of Eric Thames' $4 million mutual option for 2021.
Thames will instead receive a $1 million buyout. The 33-year-old posted a weak .617 OPS this past summer. Thames will likely look for a platoon role in free agency.
Nationals first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames is dealing with a tight left calf but should be able to appear in some games this weekend, according to manager Dave Martinez.
Thames has displayed his power over the last few seasons but has had troubles with both injuries and consistency. He will have a chance to carve out a roll with the Nationals as a left-handed bat against right-handed pitching this year.
Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports the Nationals are signing Eric Thames.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports the contract is for one year and $3 million. There's also a mutual option for 2021. The 33-year-old Thames will likely play first base against right-handers for Washington next season. In 2019 he bopped 25 homers while posting an .851 OPS.