The Baltimore Orioles are in need of a bat to make a playoff run, and the Philadelphia Phillies have one to spare.

Jim Thome had a good showing playing designated hitter during interleague play, making him an attractive option for American League teams, and according to a tweet from the Orioles, they jumped at the chance to acquire him:

The Phillies were able to swing catcher Gabriel Lino and RHP Kyle Simon in the trade, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Philadelphia Phillies insider Jim Salisbury first reported that the two teams were talking.

At 41 years of age, Thome hasn’t been able to be a consistent producer in the National League. He’d appeared in just 30 games, with a batting average of .242 in 62 at-bats.

However, when he stepped up against more familiar American League pitching in the DH role, Thome flourished.

In nine interleague games, he batted .333 in 36 at-bats. He hit four of his five home runs in those games while adding 14 of his 15 RBI.

The deal is expected to be finalized after the two teams finish play on Saturday.

Baltimore is playing well, but trail the New York Yankees by 4.5 games. They are in a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Angels in the wild card race.

The Orioles have struggled scoring runs this season. They are 10th in the American League in runs scored and 11th in batting average. Their most productive offensive threat is center fielder Adam Jones, hitting .297 with 19 home runs.

Mark Reynolds and Nick Johnson have been manning the DH position, but are hitting .213 and .207, respectfully. They have a combined 10 homers.

Thome should offer some power in the middle of the lineup and assist with run production.

The Baltimore Orioles are in need of a bat to make a playoff run, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies (36-44) had one to spare.

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