The Minnesota Twins have signed former Indian, Phillie, White Sox, and Dodger slugger Jim Thome to a 1year $1.5 million dollar deal with $750,000 in performance incentives.
He was traded at the trade deadline from the White Sox last season to the Dodgers where he only had 4 hits in 17 pinch hit at bats.
Twins fans know Thome well as he has had his way with Twins pitching in the past. He has 564 career home runs with 2131 hits and 1565 RBI's. He is currently 10th all time in walks with 1619.
The short porch of 328 feet at the new Target field will no doubt help Thome knock his share out of the park this season.
Don't look for the slugger to play his old position of first base unless, God forbid, Justin Morneau and 3 others go down with injuries. He will be the primary DH and pinch hitter for Manager Ron Gardenhire and if he stays healthy should be good for 20 homers and 50 RBI”s. His veteran and leadership presence will be the intangible the Twins will look for in their push for their first World Series in 23 years. Thome has never won a World Series ring.
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Written by Chad McIntyre