BALTIMORE – Slugger Jim Thome is headed to the Baltimore Orioles.
Thome was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday for two minor leaguers – right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino.
Thome, 41, is a five-time All-Star. His 609 homers tie him with Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the career list, and his 1,689 RBI, over a 22-year career, are 25th all-time.
Baltimore will assume the rest of the one-year, $1.25 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in November 2011.
Entering Saturdays game against Cleveland, the Orioles had scored more than three runs in one of their last 12 games.
Around the leagues
The Cubs signed Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million deal. St. Louis optioned right-hander Eduardo Sanchez and left-hander Sam Freeman to Triple-A Memphis and purchased the contract of left-hander Barret Browning and recalled right-hander Maikel Cleto. Cleveland placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right forearm. The Yankees recalled right-handed reliever D.J. Mitchell from Triple-A Empire State and returned Adam Warren to their top farm club.