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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