Indians sign Stubbs, interested in Thome
Late Thursday night the Indians and outfielder Drew Stubbs agreed to a $2.825 million contract for the 2013 season, and it includes up to $50,000 in performance performances.
As a first year arbitration eligible player Stubbs was under control for the 2013 season, but a contract for the season had yet to be agreed upon and signed prior to last night. While the contract is for just one season, he has two arbitration seasons left and is under the Indians’ control until the end of the 2015 season. He is expected to be the regular center fielder this season, though should find himself out of the lineup often against tough right-handers, which would move Michael Brantley to center field.
In other news, the IBI has learned through a source that the Indians are interested in signing designated hitter Jim Thome. He supposedly has an offer from the Indians, but is considering offers from others teams.
“At this stage, am I an everyday player? No,” Thome told CSNPhilly.com back in December. “But I think I can still play. The best thing for me is being a designated hitter somewhere. But if an NL team calls, sure I’d consider it. I still feel like I can give a team a veteran presence and get a big hit off the bench.”
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No thanks to Thome or Hafner. But if you're going to go with either, take Hafner who at least is 6 years younger.
Time? (Nice typo. When you're ragging on someone else, perfection speaks volumes!)
Why don't you guys go get a room.
So thanks for sounding like an idiot. Thanks for making all Tim's out there sorry their name is Time, and thanks for adding nothing to the conversation.
As per actually adding Thome, I'd take Hafner first, but it depends on what they have left after arbitration. I'm betting once they have Aviles taken care of, you'll see the Tribe go after their final pieces before Feb 10th.
As for the source on Thome, I wouldn't mention it if it was not real. This site is not a rumor mongering site looking for cheap hits, otherwise I'd be posting rumors several times a week of things "heard" throughout the industry. There is definite interest in him.
Here is why I DON'T like it. I HATED losing Hector Rondon to rule 5. (although I will definately be attending a few Cub games out here in Phoenix to see him) If this guy is healthy - which it sounds like - this could be one of the Uggla rule 5 steals of a generation.
So why, if our Rule 5 pick up McGinnie was worth all the fuss over (Which I include losing Canzler to- of all clubs - the SKANKIES!), how do you justify signing Thome?
It just goes to show part of the reason a rule 5 pick is so rarely turned into a Dan Uggla career.
Signing Thome means McGinnie NEVER gets a real shot. His at bats go to a 1st ballot HOF Indian whose screaming back may or may not allow him to hit 15 hr in 250 or less AB....
...AB's taken from a young man with the potential to be an every day DH.
But you know what - chances are Thome WILL pull in another 3-5k season ticket holders (A big # considering we ONLY HAD 8 LAST YEAR!)
That is a tough F/O call.