Indians Close To Deal For Jim Thome

6:43pm: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter) hears that the Twins won't get in the way of a potential deal and the decision will ultimately be up to Thome.

6:16pm: No deal is completed yet and the Indians are hoping that Thome will accept a deal to Cleveland, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com.

4:56pm: A deal to bring veteran slugger Jim Thome back to the Indians is nearly complete, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 (via Twitter).  The Twins placed Thome on waivers on Monday afternoon and yesterday we learned that the Tribe had the winning claim.

Thome has a full no-trade clause and was said to have his eye on a return to Philadelphia, not Cleveland.  The Indians could surely benefit from a reunion with Thome as designated hitter Travis Hafner is on the disabled list with a strained right foot.

Thome, who will celebrate his 41st birthday on Saturday, belted 334 of his 601 career home runs with the Indians.


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48 Comments on "Indians Close To Deal For Jim Thome"


vtadave
3 years 11 months ago

Chisenhall?  :-)

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 11 months ago

Chisenfail.

3 years 11 months ago

If Bill Smith was the Indians GM, he would make that trade in a heartbeat.

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 11 months ago

If Bill Smith was the Indians GM they wouldnt be in contention.

3 years 11 months ago

Chisenhall is 22 years old. Cut him some slack!

Harley Schultz
3 years 11 months ago

If we somehow manage to get Chisenhall I might have an orgasm right here – odds are we are getting some stiff like Luis Valbuena

3 years 11 months ago

no chance

Hermie13
3 years 11 months ago

Odds are the trade will be for someone NOT on the 40-man roster….since anyone on the 40-man would have to clear waivers to be traded…

MSUcorner
3 years 11 months ago

I bet Smith will package Jim with Denard Span so that we can get two AAA bullpen arms.

3 years 11 months ago

Did Span clear waivers? I missed that one.

MSUcorner
3 years 11 months ago

Just making a joke. No need to call me on facts.

3 years 11 months ago

Why on earth would they trade Lonnie for a 35 game rental?

twins33
3 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the memories, Thome.  Go get a ring.  Don’t screw this up, Indians.

Hermie13
3 years 11 months ago

ha, are you really saying the Indians will be screwups if they don’t win a ring this year?

vtadave
3 years 11 months ago

Yes.

twins33
3 years 11 months ago

For Thome, yes.  Because they stood in the way of Thome making it to a better team in waivers.

He deserves a ring and if the Indians don’t win it all then they just screwed him. There’s no guarantee for any team to win the WS, but he has a better shot with others..

3 years 11 months ago

He waived his no trade clause to go to the Indians, he didnt have to. They didnt “block” him from going anywhere.

twins33
3 years 11 months ago

True, he didn’t have to…but things didn’t get much better for him.  He gets to go “home” now and play for the Indians.  That’s it.  He’s still not going to the playoffs.  And that’s what the Indians took away from him by claiming him. 

With the Twins he wasn’t going to the playoffs.  With the Indians, he’s not going to the playoffs.  They definitely did block him.  Because the only other option was to have the Twins release him from his contract so he can sign wherever he wanted, which wasn’t going to happen.  The Indians should have let him go to the Tigers or another team.  All this does is create warm fuzzy feelings, it doesn’t get Thome closer to the ring he deserves a shot at.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 11 months ago

I really don’t see the point of bringing Thome back, other than for sentimental purposes. 

Tyler
3 years 11 months ago

For DH’ing. Cant you read?

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 11 months ago

With Hafner on the DL they need some source of power, if you dont want Thome, you can get former indian Milton Bradley instead.

vtadave
3 years 11 months ago

Funny. I wonder what Milton does now that he’s out of baseball. I’m assuming he’s saved at least some of the $35 million (thanks Mr. Hendry) he’s earned in his career.

mmwatkin
3 years 11 months ago

Pretty much just to show fans they haven’t completely given up. The Indians have been god awful since their 30-15 start. I don’t see them catching the Tigers with or without him. 

Mac911
3 years 11 months ago

It would be funny if he turned down the trade due to the booooing he endured in Cleveland.

3 years 11 months ago

yeah, you have to wonder. Wouldnt that suck for Cleveland, to be rejected by one of their former heroes.  Though suspect Thome is a bigger man than that and will welcome the chance for a reunion.  All is well. 

Hermie13
3 years 11 months ago

He actually got way more cheers than boos in Cleveland.  Yeah first time back he got booed pretty heavily, but since it’s been mostly cheers.

JohnKruksWaistline
3 years 11 months ago

Boo.

Matt Galvin
3 years 11 months ago

They Twins already have a 3B and Span is on DL.

$1529282
3 years 11 months ago

There’s just too many funny things about this post to comment on.

vtadave
3 years 11 months ago

I’d agree with you, but I really don’t know what that post means.

jhawk90
3 years 11 months ago

Got any scrappy, light-hitting middle infielders?  That should do it.

twins33
3 years 11 months ago

or crappy relievers

Bob Williams
3 years 11 months ago

u can take valbuena off our hands, ha

MSUcorner
3 years 11 months ago

Will he battle his tale off for valuable things like RBIs?

3 years 11 months ago

Any junk ball pitcher or a player with no power should do

mike melusky
3 years 11 months ago

After they trade for him, they’ll have a three day window to sign him to a long term contract.

jb226
3 years 11 months ago

What now?  After they trade for him he’s their player for the remainder of the year and they can take the rest of the season if they want an extension.

Or are you suggesting that the Twins are giving the Indians a negotiating window as part of trade negotiations?  And if so, what is your source?

3 years 11 months ago

A good spy never reveals his secrets.

Taylor Haberle
3 years 11 months ago

Indians ain’t doing jack, if they wanted to let Thome to get a ring they’d try to give him to Philly. We’ll probably get some 22 year old AA/AAA arm with a chance of the Majors if they add some speed to that 82 MPH fastball. XD

Hermie13
3 years 11 months ago

yeah…the Indians should piss everyone off and give him to the Phillies.  Cause I’m sure the Braves wouldn’t claim him just to block them….nor the giants.

This isn’t the NBA

3 years 11 months ago

Poor Thome

He wants to decline but doesn’t want to be viewed as an asshat again

Dean Del Peschio
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t think anyone would begrudge someone with Thome’s clout and reputation as a team-first unselfish player a chance to get a ring. If he exercises his rightful option and declines the trade and then elects to forfeit his remaining salary and become a free agent to try and win a Championship with the Phillies, can anyone really fault him? Are the Indians really contenders? At some point players need to think about themselves, and I wouldn’t be upset with Thome at all if he went to a team that had a legitimate shot at winning it all. 

Baseballfan83
3 years 11 months ago

If he declined he wasn’t going to be a free agent. He was placed on waivers not designated for assignment.  

3 years 11 months ago

Mmmm, Oreos…

3 years 11 months ago

Ive seen dumber trades proposed lately so its hard to separate the jokes from people being serious.

3 years 11 months ago

It’s not done yet. Thome might not wanna play for Cleveland again after they booed him. I wouldn’t wanna play for you again.

Baseballfan83
3 years 11 months ago

Yea he is going to make his decision based all on fans. 

3 years 11 months ago

Johnny Damon did last year. Didn’t accept a trade back to the Red Sox.