June 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Jim Thome (25) in the on deck circle during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Jim Thome has been dealt to the Baltimore Orioles according to sources for an undisclosed return.
In Saturday afternoon's game against the Miami Marlins, Jim Thome sat on the bench for the Philadelphia Phillies and watched the action. He won't be doing that again for the Phils anytime soon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Thome was traded to the Baltimore Orioles today after much speculation about his future. It's unclear what the terms of the deal were at this point, but it's definite that Thome will be relocating just a tad south.
This marks the fifth team the future Hall-of-Famer will be playing for. The Orioles were in the market for a designated hitter, and Thome certainly fits the bill. He only has five home runs this year, but he's done so in just 72 plate appearances.
Thome is one of the most underrated players of his generation. In a time where steroids were the norm "Country Jim" has never had an allegation against him. Known as one of the good guys in baseball, he's compiled an incredible resume that includes 609 home runs, 1,689 RBI and a .402 on-base percentage.
The trade will be pushed through after both teams conclude their games on Saturday.