Jim Thome & The 300 Club

Jim Thome comes to the Dodgers with 564 career home runs, the most by any player ever acquired by the club.  Here is a look at every player with 300 or more career home runs that became a Dodger, with their numbers in blue:

Player Age HR Before Dodger HR PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS+
JIm Thome 38 564 ??? ?? ??? ???
Manny Ramirez 36 510 32 561 .345/.453/.631 182
Eddie Murray* 41 504 0 9 .286/.444/.286 103
Frank Robinson 36 503 6 405 .251/.353/.442 127
Fred McGriff 39 478 13 329 .249/.322/.428 99
Andruw Jones 31 368 3 238 .158/.256/.249 34
Boog Powell 35 339 0 53 .244/.415/.244 83
Eddie Murray* 33 333 65 1974 .278/.359/.440 125
Luis Gonzalez 39 331 15 526 .278/.359/.433 101
Jeff Kent 37 302 75 2146 .291/.367/.479 118

*Eddie Murray was actually acquired twice with over 300 home runs -- once in 1989 and again in 1997.

Jones and Powell cratered after joining the Dodgers, but the rest were reasonably productive wearing Dodger Blue.  The Hall of Famers -- and I'm including Manny Ramirez here -- in the group all performed very well after joining the Dodgers.  But Jim Thome, Hall of Fame resume or not, doesn't have to put up huge numbers to succeed.

Jim Thome won't be playing regularly.  His job is to be the big bopper off the bench.  The Dodgers gave up a non-prospect in Justin Fuller to get him  If Thome can get a big hit here or there, especially in the playoffs, this trade is a sizable win for the Dodgers.

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