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Here are a few things that are floating around the Yankees universe as we ready ourselves for pitchers and catchers this week.

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Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweeted earlier today that the Yankees have signed Marcus Thames. Joel Sherman reports that it is a minor league deal and if Thames makes the major league roster, he’ll make $900k. Thames was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1996 as the 899th pick in the 30th round and then was traded to the Texas Rangers in June 2003 for Ruben Sierra.

In Thames brief career as a Yankee, he only had 13 Plate Appearances, but is best known for hitting the first pitch he saw from Randy Johnson as his first career home run.

After being traded, Thames played primarily for the Detroit Tigers where he amassed a .245 BA, 99 HRs and 255 RBIs while playing left field and some first base.

Going into 2010, it is unlikely that Thames will be the starter, however, he will likely battle with Randy Winn, Jamie Hoffmann, and whomever the Yankees call up from AAA for the right to hit against left handed hitters this season. Career wise against left handed pitchers, Thames has hit .256, 40 HRs with a .516 SLG in 620 ABs.

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Not too long ago, it was reported that the Yankees were one of five teams interested in bringing in Jerry Hairston, Jr. Today, Ken Rosenthal has tweeted that Hairston is going to San Diego and that he was expected to get more than $2 million in the deal. To say the least, I am a little bit disappointed in the Yankees. If they were truly interested in him, they should have moved on him. However, if he was above what they were willing to spend, to an extent, I can buy that. Also, Jerry might have been more drawn to playing with his younger brother, Scott, in San Diego. Either way, another Yankees option has been taken off the table. Long live Jamie Hoffmann and Ramiro Pena!

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