Twins, White Sox Interested In Jim Thome

SUNDAY, 10:36am: Guillen told fans that the club has yet to make a decision on Thome, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Of all the options out there, Guillen likes Thome best, tweets MLB.com's Scott Merkin.

SATURDAY, 2:04pm: Ozzie Guillen told White Sox fans this morning that he will only look to bring Thome back if he can get him a healthy number of at-bats, writes Cowley.

10:44am: Cowley tweets a quote from Guillen on Thome, who said "we have to make a decision on him before I leave for Miami." That's tomorrow, according to Cowley. 

9:36am: White Sox GM Kenny Williams said that Thome isn't a fit on the 2010 team "unless Ozzie (Guillen) says," tweets team vice president Scott Reifert.

FRIDAY, 9:02pm: A White Sox source tells Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times that the chances of Thome re-signing with the Sox is "50-50 now, which couldn't be said [Thursday]." The source added that Chicago tops the list of teams Thome wants to play for, however he does have some interest in Minnesota.

3:03pm: The Twins have interest in free agent slugger Jim Thome, according to Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune.  Christensen writes that the Twins are bargain hunting and if Thome is willing to come at the right price, there could be a match.  A Twins official confirmed the club's interest, which was first reported by a Chicago radio station.

Even though the team already has a lefty DH in Jason Kubel, the 39-year-old would boost a lackluster Minnesota bench.  Thome hit .249/.372/.493 with 23 HRs for the White Sox before being dealt to the Dodgers in late August. 


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123 Comments on "Twins, White Sox Interested In Jim Thome"


5 years 7 months ago

Please no. Spend the money on Hudson.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

But then WWPP (where would Punto play)? And really, does anything else really matter?

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Gardy loves Punto. He will find places for him to play.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

The team needs a defensive upgrade at 2nd and somebody to bat 2nd. Somebody like … oh … I don’t know … like Hudson or Lopez maybe?

They’ll probably wind up paying more for Thome then they would probably spend on Lopez with virtually no upgrade.

5 years 7 months ago

dont worry if they do sign thome………….. he’s great in the AL and can still hit for power

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

They need a 2nd and/or 3rd baseman much more than they need a 39 year old bat off the bench!

5 years 7 months ago

I’m not worried that he’d be ok, he’s not what we need to spend money on. We need Hudson/Lopez. Punto would play 3rd where he’s better defensively.

Bernaldo
5 years 7 months ago

Why?? The man is seeking (as reported on MLBTR) $9 million! If – and that’s is a huge if – the Twins were interested it would be at the $1-2 million range. Hudson has been a free agent twice in two years but no team considers him a priority; that should tell you how little value he has with major league teams.

BronxBomber7190
5 years 7 months ago

i think that would be a great signing. then you can platoon Kubel and Young in left field.

1. Span CF
2. JJ Hardy SS
3. Joe Mauer C
4. Justin Morneau
5. Michael Cuddyer
6. Jim Thome DH
7. Jason Kubel/Delmon Young LF
8. Nick Punto/Brendan Harris 3B
9. Alexi Casilla/Nicki Punto 2B

…put Thome behind Cuddyer to break up the lefties. There would be a lot of lefties in the lineup, 4 or 5 everyday, but Thome would bring a huge veteran presence to the Twins and I think they could win the division.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Thome would never DH full time. Look at his numbers vs. Kubel’s. Kubel is the better performer. He’s the Twins everyday DH, with or without Thome.

Besides, Thome is about two years removed from a legit #6 hitter in a lineup with 4 100-RBI hitters.

kahnives
5 years 7 months ago

4 100-RBI guys? I count 2 (Morneau and Mauer). Kubel has never hit 100, Cuddyer has never hit 100, who else are you talking about?

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Cuddyer hit 109 in 2006.
Kubel hit 103 in 2009.

Research before you post, please.

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Win.

Topgunn
5 years 7 months ago

Kubel drove in 100 last year and Cuddyer 108 in 2006.

BronxBomber7190
5 years 7 months ago

yeah but Young still hasnt proven himself. make him the 4th outfielder and let Kubel play out there. Thome can still crush the ball.

Mauerneau
5 years 7 months ago

Delmon was a former 1st overall pick, which you probably know.. so he obviously has potential.. He gave everyone a glimpse of this at the end of last year, so i think Bill smith along with a lot of twins fans, me included, want to see if he can develop into a solid hitter and turn the Bartlett, Garza for Delmon, harris trade from a twin shellacking to a more even deal.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Let me see if I can explain Thome to you … No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was that clear enough?

kphowes
5 years 7 months ago

i agree.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

No. It’s not a good idea. It’s a bad idea. Take Thome out of that line up and put Hudson in the two hole instead of Hardy. Then put Hardy after Cuddy.

Now THAT’S a good idea!!

connorburke
5 years 7 months ago

Or even lopez

5 years 7 months ago

Thome belongs on the South Side, and only the South Side. This would be devastating.

5 years 7 months ago

But Ozzie doesn’t want a full time DH. And whatever Ozzie wants… is usually detrimental to the team.

5 years 7 months ago

I’ve been saying it for years, he needs to go.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Get rid of the guy who helped restore the team to it’s glory days and led them to a world series in his 2nd season as manager..

5 years 7 months ago

Ozzie is like a quick burning candle. You burn bright and hot but you burn out real quick. He protects the players good. He can’t manage.

1TwinsWay
5 years 7 months ago

Why on earth would the Twins spend any money on Thome? No need for a DH and they better not be thinking about putting him out in the field. It sounds like Joe Christensen is throwing stuff against the wall just to what sticks.

justincb
5 years 7 months ago

He got the tip from a Chicago radio station, which was supposedly announcing that Thome would sign with the Twins by the end of the day

5 years 7 months ago

Well he would be on a contender. The veteren leadership would be nice. I just hope the twins don’t try to teach him to hit the other way, cuz that ain’t gonna happen. Jim Thome on the twins a bad thing? I just can’t say that it would be.

1TwinsWay
5 years 7 months ago

Not saying it would be a bad thing, but wouldn’t the money be better spent on a outfield bat who can give Span a day off here and there? Or another starting infielder? Or locking up Mauer? Just not convinced that there is any good reason to bring him until some of the other holes in the lineup are filled.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

I said the same thing about Washburn and some of the other players the Twins were rumored to be interested in. It’s not that the player won’t bring something to the team, it’s that there are glaring holes in the line up that need fixing. It would be one thing if those holes were filled, or I knew for a fact the team was going to fill them before spring.

But that isn’t going to be what happens. Whatever player they add right now will probably be probably be the last they sign to improve the current roster.

It’s not so much that Thome isn’t a good player, it’s that at best he would be a marginal upgrade to what they already have now. Upgrading 2nd with Hudson or Lopez would probably cost less and improve the team much more.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

I wait all winter for them to make a move for more infield help and this is what they finally go after? Thome?! Here’s to hoping that DJ was sniffing the same fumes as Christensen!

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Here’s to hoping you’re right and Christensen has been sniffing paint fumes.

gunger69
5 years 7 months ago

has he ruled out a return to the dodgers???

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah!! He really should try everything he can to resign with the Dodgers!

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

My theory is that they’re making this public to put pressure on the White Sox to sign him (and overpay in the process).

greenlantern73
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with that theory. The Twins never sign all or nothing hitters.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

The name “White” comes to mind.

greenlantern73
5 years 7 months ago

Rondell White? injury prone maybe but all or nothing hitter? yeah, he hit over 25 hr once and struck out more than 100 times once. I don’t know about you but I don’t consider that an all or nothing hitter.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. I doubt Thome would be willing to accept $1m and a promise to “DH every time Kubel gets tired of running the bases”.

CrisE
5 years 7 months ago

Thome needs 30-odd HR for 600. He doesn’t need money or rings or a pony, just playing time. I’m surprised he isn’t cold calling KC or CHI and offering to play for $1m. MIN doesn’t have the AB he wants, so I don’t see the fit. (So that’s “I agree with the above remarks.”)

Mauerneau
5 years 7 months ago

Idk, the market for DH’s is almost non-existent.. and he’s not the only player trying to land a full time DH job. I dont remember the other names right now but its a fairly competitive position with not a whole lot of teams remaining. I’m sure he would love to play almost everyday, but thats probably not a realistic option.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

A brilliant ploy: Put pressure on the Sox to discourage one of the worst ideas in the history of the organization (the floating DH idea) and thus make them about one win better in a division than has been decided by one game the last two years. Well thought out Drew.

thebigdog
5 years 7 months ago

It’s kind of funny because when the DH first came about in 1973, many teams used a sort of “floating DH” … I think the White Sox first DH was mediocre hitting second baseman Mike Andrews.

Maybe Ozzie is turning back the clock to a time when the DH was a mystery.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Or maybe the Sox don’t want to spend any more money on the roster and have decided to go with whatever they have.

danks50
5 years 7 months ago

If the White Sox really wanted they could of had him already. With the way the DH market has shaped if they threw a few mil his way he’d be signed. Instead sox fan’s are hearing garbage about a Kotsay/Jones platoon instead of a guy that put up a .865 OPS at the age of 38.

5 years 7 months ago

Not a chance. This would not make this Sox overpay for him, it may gage if the sox have any interest though. I think the interest could be legitimate from the Twins side. Let’s remember this future hall of famer did one this VERY well in 2009, HE GOT ON BASE! .372 OBP, yes that is a good thing!

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

Can Thome still play 3B lol Still better than Punto!

5 years 7 months ago

Better at third than punto?? Uh I assume you mean offensively. I think EVERYONE would cringe seeing big Jim Thome manning the hot corner! LOL

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

And EVERYONE would cringe if Punto makes the team again!!! Average D and a career .240 hitter! Gardy was going to turn him into a pitcher but didn’t because NL pitchers would make fun of his hitting!

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

“Makes the team again?”

You realize Punto’s entering the second year of a guaranteed two-year, $8MM contract… right? He’s already “made the team.”

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

It sucks I know! I would rather have Zito’s contract than Punto’s. Maybe this spring they can teach Punto how to run since his biggest strengths are running and defense. Hell Ray Ordonez has a better career batting average. Even has more seasons hitting over .240 lol and have each played 9 seasons! PUNTO SUCKS He would be lucky to be picked up by an independent team.

timmay1
5 years 7 months ago

– 126,000,000

Or, minus one point for every dollar of Zito’s contract.

Punto is a bad contract for us, but comparing it to Zito is just dumb. We wouldn’t be the (slight) favorites to repeat as division champs with Zito.

Mauerneau
5 years 7 months ago

Cmon now, the Giants may have given him the worst contract in the history of baseball..

5 years 7 months ago

i remember the Philz almost traded ryan howard, chase utley and some other guy for him when they were just prospects, that would have been a mistake

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

I understand the frustration, but that is just plain dumb.

doomx009
5 years 7 months ago

He still is terrible and would not be playing for any other ball clubs. When his contract is up his career is over.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Actually, the last time he was a free agent, he was considering offers from two other teams (I want to say Phils and Giants), but took slightly less to stay with the Twins.

Mauerneau
5 years 7 months ago

haha thats good..

shitshow
5 years 7 months ago

Sox should sign him.. play him part time and pinch hit. There will be injuries this year, between konerko, quentin, likely, we can use Thome.

danks50
5 years 7 months ago

Exactly, sign him for a few mil and dump nix. If Ozzie wants to rotate the DH spot play Thome against righties and DH Quentin vs lefties with Andruw Jones sliding into right field. That way you get Jones some abs, and keep Quentin and Thome fresh. Kotsay/Jones as a full time DH platoon is a recipe for an offensive disaster.

lolpods
5 years 7 months ago

dump lillibridge instead of nix. i’d rather have mike caruso.

5 years 7 months ago

Wish I had twins interested in me…

Jonathunder
5 years 7 months ago

Man, I would hate to see thome go to another Cleveland rival…

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

WordUpThome: HEY GUYS ITS JI

WordUpThome: JIM THOME

LawnMauer: Hey welcome to the Twins and the new Target Field

WordUpThome: HEY DID YOU GUYS BRING THE DOMED DOG OVER HERE OR HAVE YOU THE REGULAR FRANKED FURTER

lolpods
5 years 7 months ago

yes. awesome.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

There’d be something both exciting and tragic about seeing the guy who ended our season in game 163 in 2008 wearing a Twinks uniform…

5 years 7 months ago

At least he wouldn’t be able to do it again! =)

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

Twins fans know how Morneau has struggled in August and September, due to him becoming tired I believe. Signing Thome and playing him at first once a week and Dhing Morneau may keep some spring in that step next year.

Otherwise I feel they should do the same with Cuddy. We saw what a stud he was last year at 1B. He was an All-World performer for a month there.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

“Becoming tired”?

You mean, like how you get “tired” when you have a broken back?

0vercast
5 years 7 months ago

2009 was not the only year.

5 years 7 months ago

He’s right Morneau has had some rocky second halfs!

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

another brilliant ploy: Put an injury-prone 39 yr old DH at 1st base to ‘protect’ your 29 yr old, solid defensive 1st baseman. bravo.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

In a down year the guy still posted an OPS near 900. Why should he be relegated to a bench role?

Thome can still hit. If you need a DH you can do a lot worse than Thome.

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

That’s just it. They don’t need a DH! They already have Kubel. If there is an upgrade with Thome (he IS 39 afterall), it would be marginal. He also made 13 million last year. While he will go much cheaper, I can’t imaging he’ll go for the 1 or 2 million some posters have been throwing around.

The Twins have immediate and pressing holes at 2nd and 3rd. Signing either Hudson or Lopez to fill either would be huge. A much bigger upgrade than signing Thome to DH.

buffalonichols
5 years 7 months ago

As a pinch hitter off the bench and a rare backup at first, you could do a lot worse than Thome. Although I would rather they find the answer for their bat off the bench in an outfielder capable of backing up Span now and then.

5 years 7 months ago

That or a THIRDBASEMAN!!!!!

TwinsWIN2010
5 years 7 months ago

Twins need to spend their money on infilders…. but at the same time I would love to see Thome bombing out of the new park this Summer. Plus he’s a vet… we need that presence on our team.

Mathew Viator
5 years 7 months ago

He’ll play there a couple of time with a big target in the of but he’ll be in black and white

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Once again, if the team had filled the holes at 2nd and/or 3rd, I would probably feel much different about adding Thome. Until they do fill at least one of those holes, considering anything else is just idiotic.

TwinsWINN
5 years 7 months ago

Why can’t we move Cuddyer back to third where he came up as?? He has an arm? Was his defense that bad at first?

wyp
5 years 7 months ago

This is what I’ve been thinking for a few weeks. Move Cuddy to 3rd, and sign Byrnes.

5 years 7 months ago

Byrnes?? Are you nuts? I want no part of Byrnes, no part!

sploorp
5 years 7 months ago

Cuddy absolutely sucked at third. It’s something that everybody involved have agreed should never happen ever again.

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

My recollection is he struggled at the plate when playing 3B. He was actually average defensively there.

Somehow his offense clicked when he moved to RF. However, I’d also be an advocate for trying this experiment again. I have trouble believing offensive performance is linked heavily to defensive position.

jefflusk1
5 years 7 months ago

Have you seen the right field dimensions of Target field? A dead pull hitter like Thome could have a field day! Why not if the price is right?

soxluv
5 years 7 months ago

Thome isn’t a dead pull hitter – the overwhelming majority of his HRs go to left center field.

buffalonichols
5 years 7 months ago

They got to be doing this to put pressure on the Sox to sign him. It appears to be working too. Bringing him back would be a stupid, nostalgic move by them. I think he could be useful as a pinch hitter but not as a full-time DH.

soxluv
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks God the White Sox are coming to their senses. Sign Thome already!!!!!!