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The Phillies have made Jim Thome available to American League teams

Philadelphia Phillies' Thome in the on-deck circle before he hit his one hundredth home run as a Phillie in Toronto

Philadelphia Phillies’ Jim Thome in the on-deck circle before he hits his one-hundredth home run as a Phillie, against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning of their MLB baseball interleague game in Toronto June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


Jim Thome is no longer able to play first base, so now that interleague play is over, he’s limited to pinch-hitting duties. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t fared too well in that role to date, going just 1-for-16 with one homer and 11 strikeouts, so the Phillies are now open to setting him free.

Jayson Stark of was told by American League clubs that the Phillies have made Thome available for trade to clubs that need a designated hitter. The veteran slugger would prefer to play for the White Sox or Twins, but there’s not a clear fit with either club right now.

While Thome served a lengthy stint on the disabled list this season due to a back injury, he recently showcased what he could do if given regular at-bats out of the DH spot by hitting .333 (12-for-36) with four homers, two doubles and 14 RBI over nine games during interleague play.

Thome is only making a modest $1.25 million this season, so he’d be a worthwhile gamble for a contender. The 41-year-old is currently tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh all-time with 609 career home runs.