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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: ERIC THAMES BACK FROM KOREA WITH A THREE-YEAR DEAL IN TOW FROM MILWAUKEE

We have another Korean hitting riddle on our hands this season when it comes to 2017 fantasy baseball but this time it comes in the form of former failed MLB prospect Eric Thames.  In 181 games with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, Thomas hit a terrible .250 and showed little in the way of consistent power.  He then proceeded to go to Korea and almost overnight turned into a mammoth slugger as Thames slammed a total of 124 home runs with a .348 average in three season in the Korean League and that helped him net the three-year deal worth $15 million guaranteed with the Milwaukee Brewers for 2017.  Of course one has to wonder how much of those numbers will come back over to the States but at the age of 30, Thames is still young enough to retain some upside. As we often do in situations like this, it is best to curb back the Korean numbers by a decent amount in grading Thames' potential 2017 impact and so he should only be a late-round mystery pick in all leagues.  


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