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O's acquire Thames, option him to Norfolk
06/30/2013 12:58 PM ET

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired OF ERIC THAMES from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league INF TY KELLY, and have optioned Thames to Triple-A Norfolk.

Thames, 26, has appeared in 181 major league games for the Blue Jays and Mariners, batting .250/.296/.431 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI. In 57 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2013, Thames (pronounced THAY-mes) batted .295/.382/.479 with seven home runs and 33 RBI.

Thames is currently on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the second metacarpal of his left hand, suffered when he was spiked in a collision with an infielder on June 15 with Tacoma.

He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University.

 Kelly, 24, is a career .283/.380/.378 hitter in five seasons in the Orioles organization after being selected in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California-Davis. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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