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The Phillies have made Jim Thome available to American League teams

Jun 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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Jim Thome is no longer able to play first base, so now that interleague play is over, he’s limited to pinch-hitting duties. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t fared too well in that role to date, going just 1-for-16 with one homer and 11 strikeouts, so the Phillies are now open to setting him free.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com was told by American League clubs that the Phillies have made Thome available for trade to clubs that need a designated hitter. The veteran slugger would prefer to play for the White Sox or Twins, but there’s not a clear fit with either club right now.

While Thome served a lengthy stint on the disabled list this season due to a back injury, he recently showcased what he could do if given regular at-bats out of the DH spot by hitting .333 (12-for-36) with four homers, two doubles and 14 RBI over nine games during interleague play.

Thome is only making a modest $1.25 million this season, so he’d be a worthwhile gamble for a contender. The 41-year-old is currently tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh all-time with 609 career home runs.

  1. mvpolamalu - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    That would be great, because the guy can clearly still hit bombs. I would love to see him pass sosa to take a step in pushing the roiders out of the record books

  2. bloodysock - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Thome is making $1.255 million this season. Don’t forget about the $5k check Papelbon wrote. ;-)

    • D.J. Short - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Ha, good point.

  3. spudatx - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I wonder if the Twins would inquire if they were to part with Willingham and/or Morneau. Seems Thome is more a nostalgia signing than anything at this point.

    • wintwins - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      The Twins might not be sellers this year (and they should be), but they definitely aren’t going to be buyers.

      Personally, I’m hoping the Twins give him another one year deal this winter.

    • kopy - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      The Twins would be willing to take him off the Phillies’ hands, I’m sure, but they wouldn’t offer much of any value since they’re not contenders. If it happened, it would mostly be because the Phillies said to him, “Sorry this pennant race didn’t work out, go hit some bombs in Minnesota before you retire.” He likes it in Minnesota and it’s close to his family, but I’d really rather see him win a championship. And I’m a Twins fan.

  4. scatterbrian - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Tampa Bay… Matsui is cooked

    • mf44srq - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      He’d love Tampa!!!

    • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      And Luke Scott just came off the DL.

  5. rj88888 - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    How can $1,000,000+ be modest ?

    • biasedhomer - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      relative to his profession

  6. pshanks62 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Tigers could definitely use Thome, D. Young needs to be cut pronto…but then again the Tigers could use an upgrade at every position defensively save Center, and offensively save third, first and center…

    • historiophiliac - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Thome the Tiger!

  7. jlovenotjlo - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I’ll sign him to my 16 inch softball team. Big Jim could probably hit one a quarter mile

  8. rgledz - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Ya, he’d love to play in Tampa. What a beautiful ballpark to come to everyday. Every ballplayer wants to end his career in a dank, dark basement that’s half full on a good night. Sounds awesome!

  9. IdahoMariner - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Ms are definitely NOT a contender, but it sure would be nice to see some hitting for a change.

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