Ex-Tiger Thames of interest to Jays, Tribe

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Sources told FOXSports.com that the Indians and Blue Jays are looking at free agent Marcus Thames.
Thames, who was released by the Tigers after six seasons in Detroit, would likely sign cheap if it meant getting a chance to play regularly. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has a career 797 OPS in 1,549 at-bats and he’s an adequate defensive left fielder, so he probably wouldn’t be a brutal starter. However, he has been considerably better versus lefties (.256/.329/.516) than against righties (.234/.292/.474). It’s a big reason why his career high for at-bats is 348.
As a result, he makes more sense as a platoon player and fallback than as an Opening Day starter. He’d be a great fit in Toronto as protection for the left-handed-hitting Travis Snider. The Indians might be better off with a left-handed hitter as their Matt LaPorta insurance.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.