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Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 7:31 pm
ThomeBy Evan Brunell

The Phillies have been on the hunt for a pinch-hitter to help do damage off the bench down the stretch drive and into October. If all breaks well, Philadelphia will then need that pinch-hitter to DH during the Fall Classic.

That person could be Jim Thome, who had been linked to Philadelphia earlier this season along with Jason Giambi. When Thome went nowhere at the trade deadline and Giambi hit the DL, Philadelphia signed Jack Cust to a minor-league deal after being released from the Mariners, but he's only an option, not the answer.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune baseball writer LaVelle E. Neal III, via the Philadelphia Daily News, reported he's heard "indications [Twins management] would be willing to accommodate" Thome if he wanted to move to a team with a chance to play in October. Given it's entirely possible this could be Thome's final season, the slugger could ask for such a move. It wouldn't be the first time Thome's moved to the NL to come off the bench, as he agreed to play for the Dodgers down the stretch in 2009, after being moved from the White Sox. While Thome was careful to choose his words when asked about the possibility of asking for a trade, the first baseman and DH offered up all you need to know.

"When you've gone to two World Series and you haven't won it, it eats at you and that's one thing that is still there," Thome said.

Despite playing for Philadelphia for just three years before the arrival of Ryan Howard, Thome holds special importance in the city. He is very close with skipper Charlie Manuel and helped change the perception of the Phillies as a down-and-out team when he joined them as a free agent after the 2002 season.  When he was later dealt to the White Sox for a return of Aaron Rowand, Gio Gonzalez (who later fetched Freddy Garcia before the 2007 season) and a minor-leaguer, the move was credited for helping Philadelphia begin the most successful chapter in Phillies history.

It's not clear if Philadelphia will look to add Thome, but if so, it will have to happen on or before Aug. 31, the day that teams must set the pool of players they can draw from for the postseason. Of course, other teams in the postseason hunt in need of bench help could also chase Thome. The Yankees could upgrade their DH spot with Thome, while Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Francisco would love to use Thome in the same capacity Philadelphia would.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:41 am

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

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Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:41 am

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

jim if you are serious about winning a ws ring come to philly. if you just want to have fun go to milawakee. we would love to have you here in philadelphia. i believe you would seal the deal if you signed on.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:32 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

the brewers lmao

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:46 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

Seeing that Thome is in the AL, he would have to get through waivers. The Brewers will not let Thome go to Phillies.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:43 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

Jim, if you want a shot at the ring, ask to be traded to the Brewers. They have great starting pitching, as well as one of the best bullpens in all of baseball.
They also have the loosest( if that's a word ) clubhouse in all of baseball. They know how to win, and they know how to have fun. It would make you feel 10 years younger.


Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:07 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

Too bad that he can't play third base, even a little bit.  Would love to see him in Detroit busting down the right field fence like he's been doing against the Tigers all of these years. unfortunately Detroit is not needing a platoon first base and our DH is pretty good too! It's just to bad the tigers can't make a play for him because he sure hits good in Detroit.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:24 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

Being a Twins fan, it has been enjoyable to watch him play for us. His milestones of breaking Harmon Killebrew's 593 HR and now surpassing 600 has been a bright spot in a very disappointing season for the Twins. Yet I would like to see him get his ever elusive World Series ring. It is the one thing missing in his spectacular career. Besides that, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Selfishly, I wish he would stay in Minnesota, but for him I would like him to end his career winning a World Series. If he leaves I wish him the best in achieving that goal.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:44 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

You're not a ture baseball fan if you can't LIKE a guy like Jim Thome.  While I have NEVER been a fan of teams expanding their rosters for teh last push of the season and the post season, and have been an even smaller fan of this "do him a favor adn trade him to a contender" kind of BS.  I understand it with JT, but as a rule it's absurd and shuold be banned.  Your roster throughout the season got you to that point and now all of a sudden you need to add players, it's a joke and and insult to the players that got you there.  I hope JT gets the chance to play and win a WS but doing it this way won't add anything to his HOF resume but an asterisk.  Stay in Minn Jim, they'll make it next year.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:05 pm

Jim Thome could be traded; Phillies a fit?

You should check out the link to the story.  There are a couple of scenario's in which Thome would NOT have to go through waivers, and the Phillies would be able acquire him.

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