Trade possibilities for Jim Thome
Jayson Stark reported that the Philadelphia Phillies have let it be known to AL teams that they're willing to trade Jim Thome, but that Thome's preferred destinations -- the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox -- probably are not in play, because of Travis Hafner and Adam Dunn, respectively.
So what are some alternatives?
It's safe to say there are no perfect fits if Thome wants to play the rest of the season for a contender.
The Baltimore Orioles have some flexibility with their DH spot, and Nick Johnson, who has more starts at the position than any other Oriole, just got hurt. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter loves old-school players like Thome. Of all the AL teams, the Orioles might be the best fit.
The Tampa Bay Rays are starved for offense and could use anybody who can drive in a run; Hideki Matsui is hitting .160, with a .476 OPS. But if they were to add Thome, it would mean that Luke Scott would have to play in the field, something he hasn't done this season.
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