“For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes
it’s my fault. If those people don’t like that, f— them.”
— Ozzie Guillen, speaking before yesterday’s game about how his reluctance to have a DH-only player on his roster this season prevented Jim Thome from re-signing with the White Sox. Guillen went on an extended and confusing rant about how Jermaine Dye was better than Jim Thome for the Sox, yet no one complains about him not being there. OK, dude.
For the record, Thome is hitting .273/.391/.593 for the year with 17 homers in 253 plate appearances. White Sox DHs — Mark Kotsay, Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, and Omar Vizquel — are hitting .239/.308/.411 with 16 homers in 459 plate appearances.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.