Eric Thames
Eric Thames
34-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Eric Thames in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2020. Nationals declined $4 million team option for 2021 in October of 2020.
Heading to Japan
1BFree Agent  F
December 29, 2020
Thames signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Yahoo! Japan reports.
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The 34-year-old struggled with the Nationals in 2020 with a .617 OPS in 41 games, and the team declined the mutual option after the season. Thames returned to MLB in 2017 after revitalizing his career in Korea, and he'll now be returning overseas for 2021.
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+22%
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+5%
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+29%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .669 87 6 3 8 0 .194 .322 .347
Since 2019vs Right .817 512 71 25 65 4 .244 .338 .479
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .644 25 2 1 2 0 .182 .280 .364
2020vs Right .611 115 8 2 10 1 .208 .304 .307
2019vs Left .679 62 4 2 6 0 .200 .339 .340
2019vs Right .877 397 63 23 55 3 .254 .348 .529
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+19%
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+15%
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+22%
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Since 2019Home .866 305 41 15 40 2 .261 .364 .502
Since 2019Away .725 294 36 13 33 2 .213 .306 .419
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2020Home .655 76 6 1 4 1 .219 .342 .313
2020Away .572 64 4 2 8 0 .186 .250 .322
2019Home .935 229 35 14 36 1 .274 .371 .563
2019Away .769 230 32 11 25 2 .221 .322 .447
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Thames had a rough go of it in 2018 after undergoing thumb surgery and struggling afterward, but he bounced back nicely last season, posting numbers closer to his first campaign back in the states than his second. Despite hitting 25 home runs and posting an OPS of at least .851 two of the last three seasons, the Brewers did not pick up the team option on his contract. He landed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Nationals. It's clear Thames has power, but 23 of his home runs last season came against right-handed pitchers and his .188 BA against left-handers over the last three years limits him to a platoon role. He also hit far better at Miller Park than on the road as a Brewer -- he recorded 45 HR and a .905 OPS at home and 27 HR and a .789 OPS on the road -- and will play next season at 33 years old. Howie Kendrick should get all the starts against lefties, but Thames could hit behind Juan Soto vs. RHP.
Thames burst onto the fantasy scene in 2017, hitting 31 home runs in his first campaign stateside since 2012. He got off to a fast start last year as well, but he injured his thumb in April and missed almost two months, and when he returned, Jesus Aguilar had established himself as the Brewers’ regular first baseman. Thames found playing time hard to come by after that, and he really struggled in a part-time role, posting just a .565 OPS after the All-Star break. Thames still managed an .804 OPS against right-handers last season despite hitting .223, so he could find himself in some sort of platoon there for the Brewers in 2019. However, unless he makes more contact, he could have trouble holding onto even that job.
No one really knew what to expect in Thames' first year in the big leagues since 2012, but he wasted little time showing what he was capable of, hitting 11 long balls in the season's first month. The 20 home runs he hit the rest of the way pale in comparison to his April total, but he still finished the year with respectable marks in both the on-base and slugging percentage categories. Thames was often subbed out last year against left-handed starters, but he was able to find some extra at-bats in the outfield, where he made 29 appearances. He will play about the same role at first base as he did last year, but the Brewers have better outfield depth than they did a year ago, so he may not see as much action there. Also, given the .789 OPS he posted from May onward, it will be a challenge for him to match the numbers he finished with a year ago. Thames had a productive return to MLB, but his fantasy prospects seem to be trending in the wrong direction heading into 2018.
Thames is returning from a three-year stint with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) to play for the Brewers. Thames posted video game numbers in Korea, particularly in 2015 when he slashed .381/.497/.790, with 47 home runs and 40 steals. He fell back to earth somewhat in 2016, but still posted a .317/.425/.676 line with 40 homers. Thames did have a sharp platoon split, however. The lefty hitting Thames did most of his damage in 2016 against righties, torching them for a .360 average and 28 home runs in 247 at-bats. The recent history of players transitioning from the KBO to MLB has been a mixed bag (Jung Ho Kang and Byungho Park), but Thames appears to be more confident and aggressive at the plate than he was during his previous time in MLB (where he had a career .727 OPS). He's set to play first base for the Brewers, but he could sit against some left-handed pitching.
Thames was claimed off waivers by the Astros in September, but he never saw the field as the club stuck with their younger outfielders down the stretch. Thames is still pretty young himself at age 27, and he possesses good on-base skills and decent power, but his success in the minors has not translated over a full season at the major league level thus far. Thames will look to sort things out in Korea after signing a deal with NC Dinos in December.
Thames came to Seattle from Toronto at the trade deadline and thrived at Safeco Field, posting a 1.044 OPS at home (58 AB) compared to .380 on the road (65 AB). Statistical anomaly in limited at-bats? Probably. More important is his lefty/righty split, which suggests a platoon future. It's a route the Mariners might have considered this season, but signing Raul Ibanez all but guarantees Thames won't be with the big-league club when camp breaks. Ultimately, Thames needs to improve his contract rate (.73 with Toronto, .63 with Seattle) for more consistency at the plate.
Thames got his well earned shot in May after a hot start at Triple-A Las Vegas and was up for good by June and seeing regular playing time. He hit 12 homers but struggled at times with the strike zone (88 strikeouts in 394 plate appearances) in his first exposure to the majors. His struggles against southpaws (.209 average, .637 OPS in 91 plate appearances) point to a platoon situation, potentially with Rajai Davis, as he tries to work his way into the picture in left field.
Thames enjoyed a breakout season at Double-A New Hampshire last year, hitting .286 with 27 homers in 130 games. He struggled against southpaws (.773 OPS) but handled righties well enough (.943 OPS) to warrant consideration as a nifty platoon mate down the road. He'll first need to prove that last year was no fluke after dealing with some injuries in the previous two seasons but bears watching.
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Nationals decline option
1BWashington Nationals  F
October 28, 2020
Thames' club portion of his mutual contract option was declined by the Nationals on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Not starting Game 1
1BWashington Nationals  F
September 26, 2020
Thames isn't in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.
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Playing time drying up
1BWashington Nationals  F
September 24, 2020
Thames is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets.
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Not starting Wednesday
1BWashington Nationals  F
September 23, 2020
Thames isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.
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On bench against righty
1BWashington Nationals  F
September 21, 2020
Thames will sit Monday against the Phillies.
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