This had better mean that nick Johnson is gone.Now we have
ReynoldsDavisThomeBetimet Johnson Weiters ( when having a rest day) All will be DHing at some point.
And the article I read said "Thome's a good fit for Baltimore because they need a DH" To me that sounds stupid considering the log jam. Perhaps this is the sign of another upcoming move.
"I look at Thome as a replacment for Nick Johnson as I think the Buck has not played him (Johnson) consistantly because of the scar tissue issue and now that the issue has seen the light of day this would be an improvement."
Agreed - Thome is the new NJohnson but upgraded.
Does this mean theres a platoon at 1B with Betemit and Reynolds, and a platoon at 3B with Flaherty and Andino now? And another platoon at LF with Avery and Pearce? And where does Davis play when Nick Markakis returns?
Thome is an intriguing acquisition - the team is immediately improved a little. I like it. Looking forward to what other trades may bring us in the near future.
Why in the world would we be looking at a platoon of Reynolds/Betemit at 1B when we have a perfectly competent glove (and bat) there already in Chris Davis? His career numbers show he's a good defensive 1B. One bad game this year and now he's not an option there?... but instead we consider 2 guys that are perpetually poor with the glove?
For years we've been looking for a "prototypical", big, left handed power hitting 1B. Now we may finally have him for the first time since Palmeiro left, and we're intent to use anyone but him there.
The only way this makes any rational sense whatsoever is if we're looking to deal Reynolds too, and this Thome acquisition was merely the first stage in a multi-pronged attack. And the time Mark is stealing from Davis at 1B is a (failed) attempt at increasing his value.
The only other explanation = Buck is clueless and/or has something personal against Davis. And I don't want to believe that.