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Trade Deadline: Yankees reportedly sign ex-Dodger Marcus Thames

07.22.11 at 10:33 am ET

The Yankees signed former Dodgers outfielder Marcus Thames to a minor league deal, the New York Post’s George A. King III reported Friday.

Thames was designated for assignment after 36 games with the Dodgers in which he hit just .197 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Thames enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2010 with the Yankees, batting a career-best .288 with a .350 OPS, also a career best. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 33.

The 34-year-old righty hitter brings versatility to the Yankees, having played left field, right field, first base and DH in his career.

King wrote that Thames will work at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, then be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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