SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced tonight that the club has acquired outfielder Eric Thames from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Steve Delabar.
Thames, 25, was hitting .335 (65x194) with 31 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs and 32 RBI in 53 games with AAA Las Vegas (entering Monday) in the Pacific Coast League. Over parts of the last two seasons in AAA has combined to hit .344 (139x404) with 69 runs, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs and 77 RBI in 106 games (entering Monday).
He made his Major League debut with Toronto in 2011, hitting .262 (95x362) with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 95 games (entering Monday). In parts of two seasons in the Majors has combined to hit .257 (131x510) with 31 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 141 games. In his Major League career, he has played in 95 games (89 starts) in left field and 27 games (25 starts) in right field.
Thames was teammates with Dustin Ackley on the 2010 Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He was originally selected by Toronto in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA).
Delabar, 29, appeared in 34 games during four stints with the Mariners going 2-1, 4.17 ERA (17 ER, 36.2 IP) with 46 strikeouts and nine home runs allowed. He ranked 8th amongst AL rookie relievers in appearances. With AAA Tacoma this season was 0-1, 3.75 ERA (5 ER, 12.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts in nine appearances. Delabar was signed as a minor league free agent on April 20, 2011 after not pitching in 2010. He pitched two seasons in the independent leagues (2008-09) after spending five seasons in the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres selected him in the 29th round of the 2003 June Draft.