Twins Place Jim Thome On Waivers By Tim Dierkes [August 22, 2011 at 2:15pm CST] 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.
Originally posted by CRZThe Indians claimed him, and a deal has been done, according to "sources." More as we have it!
(Also, it was reported that the White Sox claimed Jason Kubel, but no news on that front just yet.)
I expect to have the opportunity to be able to buy Twins tix pretty cheap for the remainder of this season!
There have been plenty of open seats the past couple of weeks, and after losing Big Jim and probably Kubel, you shouldn't have a problem at all. Thome and Kubel were my two favorite Twins. I am saddened, but hope the best for both of them!
Hey now, Fat Bob was tied for the AL lead in saves last year. He made us sweat it out, but he generally did the job. I totally understand why the move was made, and look forward to see who will grab the closer's job.