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Indians place claim on Thome

Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:56 pm
 
By Matt Snyder and Evan Brunell

The Cleveland Indians were been awarded a waiver claim for Twins designated hitter Jim Thome, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler learned, and the Elyira Chronicle-Telegram says Thome will indeed become an Indian as early as Friday.

Heading back to Cleveland would be a full circle move for Thome. The man who became the eighth in baseball history to hit 600 career home runs earlier this season began his career with the Indians.

It's unclear if this is a trade or Minnesota will let Thome go to the team on waivers. If Minnesota or Thome changes its mind on the deal, the Twins could decide to pull Thome back and not let the Indians have him. The most likely avenue seems like a trade, but Thome has a no-trade clause and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Thome wanted to go to the Phillies, although the Indians would be a reasonable alternative. The window in which Thome can be traded closes 48 hours after the claim is awarded.

The Indians do have an obvious need at DH, with Travis Hafner sitting on the disabled list and no guarantee he can stay healthy upon return. The Indians are six games out, though, so you could make an argument they are falling out of contention. And that matters.

At age 40, Thome has been to four League Championship Series and two World Series, but he's never won it all. Thus, his desire to not only return to a place he's beloved -- Philadelphia -- but to the team with the best record in baseball makes sense. If Thome wants a ring bad enough, he could make an interesting play to get to the Phillies. If he rejects a trade to the Indians and the Twins let him walk, Thome could then invoke his no-trade with every other team but the Phillies. Doing so would make him forfeit about $500,000 in remaining salary for this season and possibly tarnish his "good guy" image, but it might get him to Philly and ultimately grab him a ring. That seems like an awful lot of star aligning, though, doesn't it?

It was previously reported by a Chicago outlet that the White Sox would claim Thome -- blocking him from the Indians, who have a better record -- but instead the White Sox were awarded a claim on Jason Kubel.

Thome is hitting .248/.357/.485 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 238 plate appearances this season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:28 am
 

Indians place claim on Thome

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Indians place claim on Thome

6 games is huge when your offense sucks and your pitching is falling apart. I would not blame Thome if he blew off the Indians again. I am an Indians fan, but I am also a realist. They already made one future damaging move to get a suspect Jimenez, they need to let Thome go if the Twins want more than a bag of chips for him.



Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Indians place claim on Thome

We would love to see Thome in Philly - the Tribe is done, they could use his bat but really would to like see him in Philly back with Charlie and the boys



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Indians place claim on Thome

Come back home Jim!!!  6 games is nothing in August.


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