Dodgers, Thames officially part ways

Dodgers, Thames officially part ways

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Marcus Thames cleared release waivers and has become a free agent.

The Dodgers signed Thames for $1 million to be the right-handed platoon left fielder with Jay Gibbons. But Thames was hampered by leg injuries and spent one month on the disabled list with a strained calf.

When he did play, it didn't work out. In 36 games he hit .197 with only two home runs and seven RBIs. He was designated for assignment July 12 to make room for Juan Rivera, who was acquired from Toronto. Rivera already has a home run in three games.

Gibbons, meanwhile, struggled with vision problems, had one homer and five RBIs while hitting .255 and was designated for assignment June 6 when Thames came off the disabled list.

Gibbons cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque, continued to experience vision problems and underwent another corrective operation that seems to have resolved his problem. In his last five games with the Isotopes, Gibbons is hitting .438.