Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have traded Jim Thome for the second time, shipping him off to the Orioles this time. The deal will be officially announced following the game today but don't expect the Phillies to get much in return as this deal was about getting Thome to an AL team where he could get consistent at-bats.
With Ryan Howard missing at least half of the season, the Thome signing in the offseason made sense if he could step in and play first base. When his back didn't prove up to the task, Thome was left to waste away on the Phillies bench once interleague play in the American League parks ended. Given how ineffective he was as a pinch-hitter yet how dominant he was as DH, Thome will be a nice piece for the Orioles and should be a big contributor when he gets consistent at-bats.
It is unfortunate that Thome's second stint with the Phillies wasn't nearly as memorable as his first due to a faulty back. He still has a few good swings left so its nice to see him back in the American League where he belongs.
Update: The Phillies got single-A pitcher Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino in the deal.