Having continued his career in Korea's professional league, Thames could earn a second shot at MLB as a power bat off the bench.
Position: OF | Age: 30
Current Team: NC Dinos (KBO) | Best Fit: Padres
2016 Stats (KBO): .317/.425/.676 (1.101 OPS), 40 HR, 118 RBIs, 13 SB
Thames didn't make much of an impact during his first three major league seasons for the Blue Jays and the Mariners, batting .250 with 21 home runs and last appearing in an MLB game in 2012 with Seattle. But he became a legend during the three years that followed—in the Korea Baseball Organization. There, he averaged 41 homers and 126 RBIs and even posted a 40–40 season in 2015, when he was the league's MVP. KBO numbers are notoriously difficult to translate back to the States, but his were so extraordinary that he would certainly be worth a shot—possibly to the Padres, who could use a high-upside power bat in their young outfield mix and whose general manager, A.J. Preller, is a master of international scouting.
Thames is the wild card of the off-season, but he's probably more attractive than those he pushed off this list. Among those who just missed the cut: starters Brett Anderson, R.A. Dickey, Doug Fister, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis; relievers Joaquin Benoit, Fernando Salas, Joe Smith and Travis Wood; outfielders Chris Coghlan, Coco Crisp, Matt Joyce and Angel Pagan; and first baseman Adam Lind.