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Thome hits waivers, could be traded

Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:09 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Twins designated hitter Jim Thome -- who recently joined an elite group of sluggers by hitting his 600th career home run -- has been placed on waivers (Ken Rosenthal via Twitter). So it's possible he could be traded within the next week.

Yes, there was a trade deadline back on July 31, but it's a non-waiver deadline. In the month of August, players who clear waivers can be traded. Also, players could be claimed via the waivers process and then traded to the team that claimed them.

Rosenthal reports that the Phillies want Thome, but seeing as how they have the best record in baseball -- and, thus, the last shot at him in the waivers process -- it's very doubtful he makes it to them. What about a return to Cleveland for Thome? With Travis Hafner going on the disabled list Monday, it's possible the Tribe ends up with an opening at DH. Going back to Cleveland, where Thome spent the first 12 years of his career, would be a nice story and give the Indians an obvious offensive upgrade. Thome has an .868 OPS with 12 home runs this season in just 230 plate appearances.

The Yankees could also be interested in an upgrade at DH, while the Giants and Braves would certainly benefit from some punch off the bench.

Rosenthal also reports Carlos Pena, Jason Kubel and Heath Bell hit waivers Monday.

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hotmeuly
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:50 am
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

RollingHills, what my NY brethren is trying to say is that every team had the opportunity to retain its talent and chose not to. Every MLB team is capable of spending money, and does so at varying levels, its not the Yankees fault they decide to spend the most, blah blah blah, roar, we are the best, blah.

Back to seriousness, I hate the idea of a baseball salary cap. I feel like a cap only limits the potential of strong teams and gives an unjust competitive advantage to weaker teams, all in the name of parity. Baseball has plenty of parity, as evident from the WS champs since 2000. Only two teams have won multiple titles in the last 11 years, and none of them have repeated. Teams of all shapes and payrolls have won it all and having a high payroll doesn't guarantee anything as evident by the Mets, Cubs, Dodgers etc.

Now you make a good point the Yankees do have an advantage with their payroll capacity, however I don't think it is an unfair advantage like a salary cap would be. A salary cap is a forced rule that purposefully hamstrings powerful organizations, the current system, while it doesn't promote small market teams, doesn't hamstring anyone. With the luxury tax there is some promotion in keeping a lower payroll, however I don't think its MLB's place to tell a team how they should or shouldn't spend. The Yankees do have an advantage with their money, however with the current system, it leaves the door 100% open for any team to come along and outbid the Yankees without consequence. MLB owners have the money to compete with the Yankees for any individual they really want, there is no rule stating that the Yankees have to spend the most money. Any team can spend what they want on who they want and I think that's fair.

In my opinion (and I'm sure this isn't the majority) I think the cap has hurt the NFL. While the action on the field is exciting, the overall quality of teams and play at the top tier of the league has dropped off. Teams can't afford to sign depth at all the positions they need, players are underpaid and go through long holdouts, and the superstar teams of the late 80's / early 90's (49ers & Cowboys dynasties) are a thing of the past. Maybe its just my opinion, but I like powerful teams in sports and their match-ups with the underdogs.

We can go on about this some more, but I think a salary cap would be horrible for baseball.





Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

Brian, have you heard of Marie Antoinette. You remind me of her.

And Please name one team who has had the CORE 4  for as many  years as the yanks did.
I wonder how the Indians would feel if C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee stayed. Or the Twins could have afforded to keep Torii Hunter and Johann Santana. The Florida Marlins. The Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics...

The Yankees have four of the top five contracts in baseball totaling over 800,000,000 dollars. In all of sports they have four of the top seven:

http://content.usatoday.com/sportsd

ata/baseball/mlb/salaries/team

The Yankees average a million dollars more per player than the next closest team. Eighteen teams have payrolls less than half. You think it is because they care about you? It is all about the almighty dollar. They have a bigger market share. Hey, try taking an economics class sometime.

You sit on your throne of riches and laugh at the poor. And you just don't get it.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

Brian, have you heard of Marie Antoinette. You remind me of her.

And Please name one team who has had the CORE 4  for as many  years as the yanks did.
I wonder how the Indians would feel if C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee stayed. Or the Twins could have afforded to keep Torii Hunter and Johann Santana. The Florida Marlins. The Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics...

The Yankees have four of the top five contracts in baseball totaling over 800,000,000 dollars. In all of sports they have four of the top seven:

http://content.usatoday.com/sportsd

ata/baseball/mlb/salaries/team

The Yankees average a million dollars more per player than the next closest team. Eighteen teams have payrolls less than half. You think it is because they care about you? It is all about the almighty dollar. They have a bigger market share. Hey, try taking an economics class sometime.

You sit on your throne of riches and laugh at the poor. And you just don't get it.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

Brian, have you heard of Marie Antoinette. You remind me of her.

And Please name one team who has had the CORE 4  for as many  years as the yanks did.
I wonder how the Indians would feel if C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee stayed. Or the Twins could have afforded to keep Torii Hunter and Johann Santana. The Florida Marlins. The Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics...

The Yankees have four of the top five contracts in baseball totaling over 800,000,000 dollars. In all of sports they have four of the top seven:

http://content.usatoday.com/sportsd

ata/baseball/mlb/salaries/team

The Yankees average a million dollars more per player than the next closest team. Eighteen teams have payrolls less than half. You think it is because they care about you? It is all about the almighty dollar. They have a bigger market share. Hey, try taking an economics class sometime.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Thome hits waivers, could be traded

Brian, you are so deluded it is not even funny. No one spends as much money, period. Here is a link for your puny brain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o

f_largest_sports_contracts

The Yankees have four of the five highest contracts in baseball, they have four of the top seven in all sports.

The four are being paid over 800,000,000 dollars. Only teams that generate massive revenue can do that.


And Please 
name one team who has had the CORE 4  for
as many  years as the yanks did.

Why did they stay? Umm, money. Imagine if Cliff Lee, C Sabathia, and all the other departed Indians were still there.
The Twins could not afford Johann Santana, Torii Hunter... I could go on for each small market. The Florida Marlins and Miguel Cabrera.

If there were a salary cap, many tearms would have four or more CORE players like yours. You have taken from the poor so often you are beginning to think it is their fault. OK, Marie Antoinettte.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:34 pm
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