Veteran slugger Jim Thome will join the Minnesota Twins in order to further strengthen their lineup in 2010. The former Chicago All-Star is excited to return back east to help the Twins reclaim the AL Central Division. The one-year deal will pay $1.5 million guaranteed with $750,000 in incentives. Minnesota is planning to use him primarily as their go-to DH and pinch hitter.
“They were really excited about me coming there, so to me it was a no-brainer,” said Thome. “I’ve always enjoyed the way they play and how they go about their business. To be a part of that will be a lot of fun to go there and help them win.”
The 39-year old future hall of famer has racked up a total of 2138 hits and 1565 RBI’s since signing with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. In 2003 he became a member of the Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He was traded to the LA Dodgers last season where he saw limited action.
“I don’t expect him to come off the bench and be a .400 hitter. I expect him to come off the bench and be a threat,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “He looks like stinkin’ Babe Ruth. He swings like Babe Ruth. We’ve seen too many fly against us. Now let’s see some fly for us.”
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