Jim Thome returns to the Indians

The Cleveland Indians announced last night that they had acquired DH Jim Thome from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named later (on or before October 15).

Thome, 40, returns to the Cleveland Indians where he spent the first 12 seasons of his career from 1991-2002.  Thome is the franchise career leader in home runs (334) and walks (997) and ranks second all-time in club history in career RBI (927), fifth in runs scored (917), fourth in total bases (2633), third in on-base percentage (.414) and extra base hits (613).  With the Indians from 1991-2002 he hit .287 (1332-4640) with 259 doubles, 334 HR & 927 RBI in 1377 games. His 52 home runs in 2002 remain the club record for single-season home runs and his 49 homers in 2001 is the third highest single-season total in franchise history.

My suggestion to the Indians is that they don’t stop with Thome. They should also add some of Thome’s 2002 Tribe teammates: