The Cleveland Indians may be coming off a disappointing 2012 season in which they finished with a 68-94 record, but they hope things will turn around now that Terry Francona is calling the shots at manager and they have the type of talent to compete in the AL Central. While this offseason has been filled with plenty of moves, it appears they may be bringing one of their former players back–Jim Thome.
Nothing is official yet, but it appears one of the top MLB rumors involves the Indianas are expressing some interest in the 43-year-old Thome–who spent last season playing with the Baltimore Orioles. Thome may not be as effective as the old days considering he’s been in the league for 22 years now, but he did put up decent numbers last year in Baltimore as he batted .252 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.
Thome won’t solve all of the problems for the Indians, but he certainly would be a nice addition to a team that hasn’t seemed to be a contender for a few years now and could use just about all of the help they can get. Francona will most likely need at least a year or two before Cleveland is even considered in the talks to be a contender, but they certainly got the right man for the job and it should pay off for the organization in the long run.
As far as whether or not Thome is an answer for the 2013 season–that remains to be a mystery.
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