Tribe Waits To Hear From Thome
November 14, 2002

Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro is nervously waiting to hear from free agent first baseman Jim Thome, who is weighing contract offers from the Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Right now, silence is all that Shapiro is hearing.

Shapiro says the Indians made a proposal to Thome and haven't heard back from him.

Thome, the top slugger in this year's free agent market, received a reported five-year, $75 million offer from the Phillies this week.

Philadelphia's deal dwarfs the Indians' offering, a four-year package believed to be worth between $40 million and $48 million.

While he waits to hear from Thome or his agent, Pat Rooney, Shapiro is planning for life with or without Cleveland's career home run leader.

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