Looking to add another righthanded bat to their lineup, the Yankees signed Marcus Thames Monday to a minor league deal, a source confirmed.
The 32-year-old Thames, a Yankees draft choice in 1996 whom they traded to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra in 2003, can play all three outfield positions as well as first base. He spent the last six seasons with Detroit. The Yankees had been looking for another low-budget, righty bat.
Thames, who hit .252 with 13 homers and 36 RBI last season, is a career .243 hitter with an on-base percentage of .306. He does have a .516 slugging percentage against lefties in 282 career games.
Thames' season-high in homers is the 26 he hit in 2006; he hit 25 home runs in 2008.
A no-risk move with the chance of a decent payoff.