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“I think everybody in baseball has been a fan of Jim, the way he carries himself and conducts himself,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said “The most important thing is, this is a guy that can help us with some things between the lines and outside the lines. If you have an opportunity to add him to the mix, you always want to try to do it.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told him about the trade after a 3-2 loss at Miami in which Thome didn’t play. At the time, the Orioles were still playing in an 11-5 loss to Cleveland.

“I think it’s going to give Jim a chance to get more at-bats. And at the end of this year it will give him a chance to see where he’s at and what he wants to do,” Manuel said.

“Yes, it’s difficult for me to see him go. But at the same time, you look at it from the aspect of what he can do. If he sits here on the bench, it’s hard for him to keep his timing,” he said.

Baltimore will assume the rest of the one-year, $1.25 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in November 2011.

The Orioles have scored more than three runs in two of their last 12 games and is averaging six hits over the last 14 contests. They have been struggling to produce with runners in scoring position, going 11 for 82 in that situation over a 14-game span.

In addition, they were operating without injured DH Nick Johnson and outfielder Nolan Reimold.

Baltimore will be Thome’s sixth team. He previously played for Cleveland, Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Phillies.

“I think it’s bittersweet, to be honest. Jim’s a great teammate and I think we’re all sorry to see him go but we’re all excited that he’ll have the opportunity to get at-bats daily. He can still do a lot of damage,” Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said.

Echoed Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels: “He’s one of the best guys in baseball and probably one of the most positive influences you could ever have just because he’s been around the game.”

“He’s going to go to the Hall of Fame. It’s not every day you get to play with a Hall of Famer,” he said.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had Thome on the team with the White Sox.

“The Orioles just picked up a great baseball player, an unbelievable human being, and a great teammate,” Guillen said. “I think that’s better for him, get more at-bats, play in the American League where he can DH. It will also help the people in the clubhouse because of how good he is.”

Simon, 21, was 2-8, 3.96 ERA in 14 starts for Class A Frederick.

Lino, 19, hit .218 four homers and 18 RBIs for Class A Delmarva.