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The Indians are still considering Jim Thome

Feb 4, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

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Not as some philosophical subject, but a a DH: Terry Pluto reports that, in the wake of Travis Hafner heading to New York, the Indians are still considering the 42 year-old Jim Thome for their DH/tater-mashing  job.

Thome hit .252/.344/.442 with eight homers, 25 RBI and a .786 OPS in 186 plate appearances with Philly and Baltimore last year, but he also suffered from some back and neck injuries that he now claims are healed.

More interesting fodder from that article: Pluto reminds us that Manny Ramirez — who some Tribe fans would like to see back in Cleveland — will be paid $13 million by baseball teams this year. $11 million he’s still owed from the Dodgers and $2 million from the Red Sox who are paying him deferred money for 25 years going back to his last deal there.

Just a little factoid to keep in your back pocket to aggravate your anti-Manny friends at some point later this year.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    You don’t mess around with Jim.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I love Jim Thome on so many levels that it pains me to think that we might have to watch the burned-out shell of him struggle through the coming season.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      But I will miss watching him hit too…

  3. burm61 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    What about Grady as a DH? He could still hit when healthy and wouldn’t be risking much injury even for him

  4. royhobbs39 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Does that mean from the handful of Red Sox games I went to and the tickets I purchased, I am still paying Manny about $.50 a year for the next 20 years or so?

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I hope Thome gets a shot again. his OBP was still very good and he can still hit the ball hard. On a Full time DH basis he can work and probally give you a good 250 to 300 ab. its not that much but he will use those at bats well and effective. other note insane to hear Manny will be making 2 million for doing nothing for the next 20 year’s? holy crap that’s interesting. I don’t know why more players don’t defer so when they retire they have a nice cushion to support them for years to come

  6. tuberippin - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    One more year! One more year!

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