Twins Place Jim Thome On Waivers

WEDNESDAY, 9:14am: The White Sox were one of several teams putting in a claim for Thome, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that "there is a high expectation among executives that the White Sox will be awarded the claim."  For that to happen, Thome would have to get past the Orioles, Royals, Mariners, and Athletics.  That seems feasible, though it's possible one of the four would put in a claim with an eye on a potential draft pick.     

MONDAY, 2:15pm: The Twins placed designated hitter Jim Thome on trade waivers today, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Rosenthal says the Phillies want Thome back in their organization, but there's almost no chance the slugger gets to them.  Since the Phillies have the best record in the National League, the 28 other teams would have to pass on Thome first.

Thome, 40, is hitting .256/.365/.503 with 12 home runs in 230 plate appearances this year.  He cranked his 600th home run a week ago.  Now that Thome has reached the milestone, the Twins might be more inclined to trade him if he would like to join a playoff race.  Rosenthal notes that Thome has a full no-trade clause.  

Thome's salary should not pose a problem, as he has about $610K remaining plus incentives.  As of a week ago Thome wasn't too far from Type B status, so if he continues producing there could be a shot at a draft pick.  So there is the possibility that American League non-contenders could place claims.  If the Twins want to give Thome freedom to play for any team but don't mind getting nothing in return, they could release him, notes Rosenthal.


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58 Comments on "Twins Place Jim Thome On Waivers"


dwhit110
4 years 10 days ago

Indians make some sense with Hafner (presumably) out.

sportsnut969
4 years 10 days ago

+1 I do not see making it past the Indians to the Phillies with the Hafner situation and IMO Hafner has played and looked to be hurt for about a month now and with the additional injury yesterday that should have opened the door to bring Thome back with him getting everyday AB’s.

This would be a hugh power upgrade IMO at the DH slot. If they did claim Thome and the Indians and Thome were able to work out a very team friendly contract you could see the Indians cut ties with the banjo hitting Hafner. 

Taskmaster75
4 years 10 days ago

The Angels are a team that comes to mind. They might have a use.

4 years 10 days ago

I’m pretty sure there are ways around the waiver order for the Phillies. Correct me if I’m wrong, Tim, but I believe if Thome were claimed by another team, he could refuse the assignment, forfeit salary and become a free agent.

4 years 10 days ago

Not on revocable waivers. Were it an outright assignment, yes, he could refuse assignment. But it’s Twins or claiming team for Thome once a team lays claim.

4 years 8 days ago

He can be pulled back and put on waivers a second time, technically.  But it’s the same process and same pecking order except the second time, he can’t be pulled back.   There are also unconditional release waivers. 

Oilcanoworms
4 years 10 days ago

Red Sox? Is Thome right-handed?

4 years 10 days ago

Pls leave this website

Oilcanoworms
4 years 10 days ago

take off joe.

Oilcanoworms
4 years 10 days ago

Does somebody take themselves a little too seriously?

4 years 10 days ago

jesus god your a disgrace to the game and if you cant remember them shame on you

Oilcanoworms
4 years 10 days ago

Wow. That’s mighty clever Billy Bob. Another baseball snob who thinks he knows it all.

JamieHavs
4 years 10 days ago

Dude, youre a fool

sportsnut969
4 years 10 days ago

No

Oilcanoworms
4 years 10 days ago

Thanks. But you’re all correct. I should have put a little more thought into my posting before I blurted it out…like you are all so good at, right?

fitz
4 years 10 days ago

How about instead of asking such a silly question that anybody with half a brain would know was going to get ridiculed on this site you could have used good old Wikipedia or countless other sites to answer your question in about 3 seconds.

wintwins
4 years 9 days ago

so hes not right handed?

juice587
4 years 9 days ago

Come on man. You really are an idiot for not knowing that. It’s the equivalent to asking “Are the Red Sox in the AL or NL?…couldn’t remember”

JacksTigers
4 years 9 days ago

I’m sorry that some commenters hurt your feelings, but homie, it’s the internet, you gotta let it go.

Christopher Guzman
4 years 10 days ago

Tom, I believe you are correct.

Christopher Guzman
4 years 10 days ago

Thome also has a full no trade which he could use to deny any trade on the waiver trades until he reaches a team he is interested in joining to include the Phillies.

sportsnut969
4 years 10 days ago

it does not work that way.

There is only one shot to make the deal if Thome uses his no trade then the Twins will have to pull him back and maybe put him on full waiver just to get him off the team.

Then Thome would be screwed he would then except the team claiming him or set the rest of the season at home.

4 years 10 days ago

Not neccesarily. Phillies really want him and would almost certainly sign him off the Free Agent market. Looking like it could become Phillies or bust for him.

sportsnut969
4 years 10 days ago

If a team puts in a claim on a player on full waivers and the player refuses the claim then the Team claiming him could decide to be a real ARSE and report the player to the league and the player is that teams and goes to the suspended list.

The only way Thome become a free agent is if he goes through full waivers without a claim being place on him and we both know that will not happen he would get claimed prior to reaching the Phillies.

So Charlie Manual will just have to keep his man crush for Thome in check until he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

Mac911
4 years 10 days ago

You are incorrect. Because Thomas has a no trade clause, he can reject the claim made by any team. If he does that, he can forfeit his remaining salary ($500,000 in his case) and become a free agent. 

4 years 9 days ago

No he can’t, because it’s not a trade. It’s a waiver claim. This assumes, of course, that he is claimed through revocable waivers, no deal is made (or he vetoes the trade). He goes back to the Twins, and gets put on waivers again. In such a case, it’s not a trade, Minnesota can’t pull him back, and the team that claims him gets him.

The Twins aren’t stupid enough to put him on irrevocable waivers because they’ll get nothing for him, instead of potential Type B compensation. But even if they do, he goes wherever he’s claimed. It’s not a trade in that situation.

-C

4 years 9 days ago

No he can’t, because it’s not a trade. It’s a waiver claim. This assumes, of course, that he is claimed through revocable waivers, no deal is made (or he vetoes the trade). He goes back to the Twins, and gets put on waivers again. In such a case, it’s not a trade, Minnesota can’t pull him back, and the team that claims him gets him.

The Twins aren’t stupid enough to put him on irrevocable waivers because they’ll get nothing for him, instead of potential Type B compensation. But even if they do, he goes wherever he’s claimed. It’s not a trade in that situation.

-C

iains
4 years 10 days ago

Sheesh, Tim ” As of a week ago
Thome wasn’t too far from Type B status, so if he continues producing
there could be a shot at a draft pick.  So there is the possibility that
American League non-contenders could place claims.” .. awful harsh words for Toronto!

4 years 10 days ago

he would definitely turn down salary to be back with charlie

Phillies_Aces35
4 years 10 days ago

I think he’d love to end his career in Philadelphia with Charlie Manuel. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen.

I’d love to have him back. Jim Thome was my favorite player when I was a kid going to Citizens Bank Park and the last year of the Vet.

4 years 10 days ago

Delete, disqus messed up my reply :/

4 years 10 days ago

If you don’t know (something that all baseball fans really should know), just click on his name. It’ll send you to his B-R page. You can find out there, genius.

4 years 10 days ago

supposed to be a reply to oilcanidiot

4 years 10 days ago

I wouldn’t be suprised if the White Sox claim him. With Quentin injured, if the claim were to go through, they wouldn’t have a problem acquiring him, and if they don’t, they’d block him from going to a team they’re chasing.

ZAK
ZAK
4 years 10 days ago

Don’t overlook the injury decimated SF Giants, they may well be the lowest contender in the standings to be able to use him. The Braves and Phillies would no doubt want him too, but he wouldn’t get past Sabean’s penchant for vets. He actually would be an excellent fit with the Giants who really only have Pat Burrell questionably available in Sept off the bench as a power threat, Rowand has been a good PH but both are RH. A big boost down the stretch came from Ishikawa providing some LH power off the bench. Indians will have 1st dibs but look for the Giants to be right behind them. 

Matt Galvin
4 years 10 days ago

Rangers/Rays also.

ZAK
ZAK
4 years 10 days ago

He won’t make it to the Rangers and the Rays wouldn’t take him (nor would he accept that trade likely) they’re not going to catch anyone in that division to make PS. 

4 years 10 days ago

the tribe should pick him up…..with hafner out, its a no-brainer….cut valbuena and bring up cord phelps

0vercast
4 years 10 days ago

It was nice to see Jim Thome hit his 600th HR in a Twins uni, but I wish the Twins hadn’t been so damn sentimental and had traded him to the Phillies when they had the chance.  That would have been the smart business move, since every Twins game is pretty much sold out for the rest of the season and their farm system is so lacking in talent.

JacksTigers
4 years 9 days ago

The Twins got major national publicity from his 600 homerun chase. That is probably all that they wanted. Now that they are out of the race, they can try and get something for him and move on.

Dynasty22
4 years 9 days ago

Well, wouldn’t say “major” since the buzz was only for two days, but I do believe that the intention was to allow Thome hit his 600th with the Twins and then allow him to go to a team that can win a World Series.

Dynasty22
4 years 9 days ago

Well, wouldn’t say “major” since the buzz was only for two days, but I do believe that the intention was to allow Thome hit his 600th with the Twins and then allow him to go to a team that can win a World Series.

mgsports
4 years 8 days ago

Rays still have a Chance and Rangers need a Outfielder not a DH.

4 years 8 days ago

 the white sox are a joke and have no business wasting thome’s time. the only team that deserves him is the phillies but it won’t happen

4 years 8 days ago

Do the White Sox really think they are a contender still?? Thome won’t go to the Sox, he wants to play in the postseason and the White Sox aren’t going there!

jwsox
4 years 8 days ago

The sox are claiming him for a few reasons. The most reasonable is to block him from going to a team like the tigers Yankees rangers phillies etc. 2 he would be an instant upgrade over Dunn. 3 thome and the sox have a great relationship and he is loved in the city why wouldn’t he want to come back?

4 years 7 days ago

Yeah, Thome loves Chicago and the White Sox clubhouse. Judging from the likes of clowns like Holloputz, can see why Gentleman Jim from Peoria might prefer ending his career in the midwest rather than putting up with the obnoxious environment in Philly