Veteran slugger Jim Thome accepts trade to Indians

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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Twins slugger Jim Thome has accepted a trade to the Indians.

Thome’s no-trade clause allowed him final say on the Indians’ Thursday waiver claim, and he took only a couple of hours to make up his mind.

Thome will head out to Cleveland shortly and should be in the Tribe starting lineup for Friday night’s series-opener against the Royals.

The 40-year-old can’t play every day, but he tallied 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 238 plate appearances this year for Minnesota and is capable of providing a late-season offensive spark for the Indians, who trail the first-place Tigers by 6 1/2 games. He’ll act as the Tribe’s semi-regular designated hitter down the stretch, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner.

No word yet on what the Twins will get in return. As Gleeman pointed out earlier, Thome is an impending free agent and turns 41 years old later this month, so it’s unlikely the Indians were forced to give up much.

UPDATE, 9:16pm: According to CBS’ Scott Miller, the Twins will get a player to be named later.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.