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Thome wants back in, but he'll be picky

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08:18 AM ET 10.25 | Cleveland rolled out the red carpet for Jim Thome Monday night. His season now a month over, Thome returned with his wife to the city where his career began in 1991 at the invitation of local businessman, philanthropist and former Browns minority owner Bob Gries. ... The event was moved to the Marriott at Key Center to accommodate the turnout. "I want to keep playing," said Thome, a 41-year-old free agent designated hitter, when asked about his future. "And I'll keep playing. I just have to have teams that call me, and we'll see how the process goes." Playing somewhere close to home isn't as important as suiting up for a contender, he said afterwards. "I think the team is an issue to me," he said, "getting the chance to win."

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October 25, 2011  08:19 AM ET

He's had a great run, but it's time to retire when everybody loves you.

Go home, Jim.

October 25, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Hey Jim you ain't no spring chicken....you had a great career but its over

October 25, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Obviously someone had failed to remind him that he had already passed 600 HR'S
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October 25, 2011  10:19 AM ET

Take a little less and Philly could use a first baseman at the beginning of next year

October 25, 2011  11:00 AM ET

IMO the ONLY place he could be is in the A.L. The designated hitter rule makes it possible for him to get another year or two in the books.

October 25, 2011  11:38 AM ET

Thome's had a great career but it's time for him to say bye-bye to baseball, at least as a player.

October 25, 2011  12:44 PM ET

We'd love him back in Philly!

October 25, 2011  01:11 PM ET

I'm a little surprised that everyone on this thread is trying to retire this guy.

Granted, the guy can't play everyday, but he did make it into 93 of his teams' games last year -- including 78 starts and 52 complete games. Despite not playing every day, the guy can still rake. Here are his slash stats from 2011 and where they'd rank amongst qualified AL batters:

OBP - .361 - 18th
SLG - .477 - 20th
OPS - .838 - 17th

I'm sure there are some AL teams that could use that kind of production out of the DH spot for over half their games.

Of course, how much he'd be paid would be an issue. He made $3.0m last year and $1.5m in 2010. Call me crazy, but I don't think that kind of payscale would be too prohibitive of his services, particularly given his reputation as a leader/club house guy.

October 25, 2011  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm a little surprised that everyone on this thread is trying to retire this guy.Granted, the guy can't play everyday, but he did make it into 93 of his teams' games last year -- including 78 starts and 52 complete games. Despite not playing every day, the guy can still rake. Here are his slash stats from 2011 and where they'd rank amongst qualified AL batters:OBP - .361 - 18thSLG - .477 - 20thOPS - .838 - 17thI'm sure there are some AL teams that could use that kind of production out of the DH spot for over half their games.Of course, how much he'd be paid would be an issue. He made $3.0m last year and $1.5m in 2010. Call me crazy, but I don't think that kind of payscale would be too prohibitive of his services, particularly given his reputation as a leader/club house guy.

Sincerely,

Jim Thome's Agent

October 25, 2011  05:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Sincerely, Jim Thome's Agent

His numbers were respectable and kudos to him for doing that at 40+, but his bat is going to be slower than Wakefield's changeup soon. It'd be nice to see him go out on a high note, but it's his life and I'm sure he'll find some team who could use a lefty power bat off the bench and will be willing to risk a few million on a guy who could easily slug .300 next year. Heck, he might come through with a .450 slugging year and earn his money.

October 25, 2011  07:29 PM ET

Sign with the Cubs !!!!!!1

October 25, 2011  08:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Sign with the Cubs !!!!!!1

He is from Peoria and was a Cubs fan as a kid...

October 25, 2011  08:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

His numbers were respectable and kudos to him for doing that at 40+, but his bat is going to be slower than Wakefield's changeup soon.

To put that comparison into perspective for everyone, Wakefield's ERA in 2011 was 1.18 earned runs worse than MLB's average, while Thome's OPS was 119 points better than MLB's average.

October 25, 2011  10:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Go home, Jim

he is at home already,

October 25, 2011  10:33 PM ET

the indians should sign him for a year or so, i think he still can hit at least another 15 homeruns and be able to drive some runs as well, perhaps one year/ one million deal that won't be that bad, after all the indians will be without zisemore, carmona may not return as well!!

October 25, 2011  10:38 PM ET

the indians have to play small ball, they may not have too many power hitters in times like this is where you really have to prove to the fans owner, and GM on what kind of material this franchise has being made,bunting here stolen base there, the fundamentals have to play a great role!!

October 25, 2011  10:45 PM ET

i wonder what kind of players the indians got when they did trade sabathia, and lee? did those trades really increase the quality in their farm system? every franchise should built for the long term, by signning every prospect for at least six years or so, i don't know if this franchise has done the right thing in the last 15 years, they trade victor martinez, trade peralta, trade sabathia, trade lee, trade orlando cabrera, at the end what's the use to try to built a core of players if at the mid-season you are going to dismantel the whole group?

October 25, 2011  10:52 PM ET

to win a pennant you have to risk, to be able to achieve your goals you have to invested wisely, everything has a risk even when you have to go to the war you still have risk lifes any type of business its a risk you may win, or may lose as much before you even win a third part of the dividends, this franchise could have great core of players they just haven't make the right decissions, not every player can cost you a 100 millions, not every prospect can't be unreachable, we most invest to grow a better franchise, better organization, better team!!

 
October 25, 2011  10:53 PM ET

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