June 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Jim Thome (25) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Phillies have traded 1B/DH Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for C Gabriel Lino and RHP Kyle Simon.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 30, 2012
Earlier this week there were reports that the Phillies were making Thome available to American League clubs in need of DH help. Friday, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Orioles and Texas Rangers were teams that might make the most sense on paper.
Thome has hit at a clip of .242/.338/.516 with five home runs, two doubles and 15 RBIs over his 62 at-bats with the Phillies this season. The left-handed slugger owns a career OPS of .959 and has 609 home runs to his name.
As reported by Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, ESPN’s Keith Law said that both of the prospects surrendered by the O’s have "really, really low" ceilings.
Lino is a 19-year-old catcher the has spent the season with Baltimore’s Low-A affiliate. Over his 227 at-bats he’s hit at a clip of .282/.340/.340.
Kyle Simon, 21, is a right-hander that’s started 14 games and logged 72 2/3 innings for the club’s High-A club. Over that span, he’s maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.96 and 1.472.
Who got the better deal -- the Phillies or the Orioles?