Jim Thome: “I’m not retired”

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I’m not dead. I’m not. I’m getting better. I don’t want to go on the cart. I feel fine. I think I’ll go for a walk. I feel happy. I feel happy:

“I’m not retired,” the 42-year-old slugger said with a laugh. “If someone wants me to play, I’d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”

That’s from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, who caught up with Thome after a “strenuous workout.”  Thome’s workout, not Salisbury’s.

Thome is realistic: he knows it’s pretty much DH or bust, though he’d listen if an NL team called. And he’s at peace if no one calls.

Report: Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.

Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.

The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.