Friday, February 8, 2013
Fits for Thome
By Jason A. Churchill
Veteran designated hitter Jim Thome said earlier this offseason that he is open to playing in 2013 and while the Cleveland Indians have reportedly dropped out of the running, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, who adds that there are other clubs where Thome could fit as a part-time bat.
It's not clear which other clubs those might be and while the Baltimore Orioles may be among the first to come to mind, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli wrote in December that skipper Buck Showalter prefers to rotate his regulars through the DH spot rather than employing a designated hitter on the roster.
Thome could serve as a pinch hitter and interleague DH for a National League club and any number of teams could work, potentially including the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. Both clubs lack left-handed power, specifically off the bench.
If Thome retires, he'll do so with a career line of .276/.402/.554 with 612 home runs.