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    Twins sign Thome

    Report: Jim Thome, Minnesota Twins agree to one-year deal - ESPN

    1 year, incentive-laden contract, according to Pioneer Press

    EDIT: 1 year, 1.5 million, 700,000 in incentives

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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Good to see Jimmy get a shot, he's a great guy. But as a White Sox fan I'm glad to see him go. He used to be great and he'll probably hit 25 homers this year, but he'll be lucky to hit .260. He constantly hits right into the shift and doesn't even attempt to go the other way anymore. But on the plus side he's a great clubhouse presence to have around and when he does hit them, they go a long long way.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    um, why?




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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Like the move to help bolster a weak bench.


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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by kgreeny View Post
    um, why?

    I like him walking out in the 8th innning as a pinch hitter for Punto much better than I like Buscher.

    Plus, think of the options.

    Kubel needs a day off (once a week), Thome is your DH.
    Delmon needs a day off or struggles against righties (once or twice a week), Kubel to LF, Thome to DH.
    Cuddyer needs a day off (once or twice a month), Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.
    Morneau needs a day off so he doesn't wear down like he normall does (once or twice a month), Cuddyer to 1B, Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.

    The Twins can probably easily give him 2 games a week and if heaven forbid Morneau, Cuddyer, Young or Morneau get hurt, we're not stuck with the Harris/Morales/Pridie DH pu-pu platter.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    I like him walking out in the 8th innning as a pinch hitter for Punto much better than I like Buscher.

    Plus, think of the options.

    Kubel needs a day off (once a week), Thome is your DH.
    Delmon needs a day off or struggles against righties (once or twice a week), Kubel to LF, Thome to DH.
    Cuddyer needs a day off (once or twice a month), Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.
    Morneau needs a day off so he doesn't wear down like he normall does (once or twice a month), Cuddyer to 1B, Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.

    The Twins can probably easily give him 2 games a week and if heaven forbid Morneau, Cuddyer, Young or Morneau get hurt, we're not stuck with the Harris/Morales/Pridie DH pu-pu platter.
    Exactly!

    It's the type of player the Twins haven't had on the bench for years.

    I'm all for the deal, especially at the price.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    I like him walking out in the 8th innning as a pinch hitter for Punto much better than I like Buscher.

    Plus, think of the options.

    Kubel needs a day off (once a week), Thome is your DH.
    Delmon needs a day off or struggles against righties (once or twice a week), Kubel to LF, Thome to DH.
    Cuddyer needs a day off (once or twice a month), Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.
    Morneau needs a day off so he doesn't wear down like he normall does (once or twice a month), Cuddyer to 1B, Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.

    The Twins can probably easily give him 2 games a week and if heaven forbid Morneau, Cuddyer, Young or Morneau get hurt, we're not stuck with the Harris/Morales/Pridie DH pu-pu platter.
    Exactly, nothing was more frustrating than seeing the Twins blow it last year in close and late situations because the lack of a usable bench bat. The price tag is a steal in my opinion as well.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    he'll probably hit 25 homers this year
    He'll probably get 250 at bats, tops in my mind. I'd take 15 for a player off the bench and occasional DH.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Love this signing. As mentioned, he isn't going to change the team, but will at least have the ability to change a game as a PH in the late innings.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    I like him walking out in the 8th innning as a pinch hitter for Punto much better than I like Buscher.
    Check out his numbers as a pinch hitter with the Dodgers. Not very good. Also...he claims to have a 3 hour prep in order to get ready for games...so I just don't see him coming off the bench and being that effective.

    That said...he was 1st class with the White Sox for sure! Great guy...but the White Sox needed to move on to a different style of baseball...Thome, Konerko, AJ & Dye were so slow that it would take 4 hits to score two runs...and sometimes we would only get 1!



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Great move for the Twins. No brainer at that price.


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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Personally I wish the White Sox would've thought outside the box and signed Scott Podsednik to be the DH and had Juan Pierre bat 2nd but Ozzie's plan to play lots of infielders and keep his everyday guys in the game by DH'ing works too.

    Thome was 4 for 17 pinch hitting with the dodgers last year but then again he hadn't played regularly against the national league since 2005 so he might be more comfortable in the AL.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    Check out his numbers as a pinch hitter with the Dodgers. Not very good. Also...he claims to have a 3 hour prep in order to get ready for games...so I just don't see him coming off the bench and being that effective.

    That said...he was 1st class with the White Sox for sure! Great guy...but the White Sox needed to move on to a different style of baseball...Thome, Konerko, AJ & Dye were so slow that it would take 4 hits to score two runs...and sometimes we would only get 1!
    Being that he was for all purposes a White Sox careerist before being traded last season (fail on me, I forgot he was a Phillie), it's not a huge surprise that he struggled as a pinch hitter for the Dodgers - he was facing a bunch of pitchers he hadn't seen before. Sure, you can scout pitching, but scouting is completely different than facing. The real question is how was he hitting for the White Sox BEFORE being traded to the Dodgers, and if it was down, was the impact due to injury or age.

    Personally, I don't mind the move at all for reasons stated previously - he's a much better PH than anything they've had in recent history (I'd say since Lew Ford). In fact, I even wouldn't mind him DH-ing every once in a while. If he's getting significant in-the-field time, I'd be concerned, although I just can't imagine Gardy would use him in that fashion.

    The only thing I'll say is it's concerning me that we're making a habit of picking up White Sox leftovers in recent years...


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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    I like him walking out in the 8th innning as a pinch hitter for Punto much better than I like Buscher.

    Plus, think of the options.

    Kubel needs a day off (once a week), Thome is your DH.
    Delmon needs a day off or struggles against righties (once or twice a week), Kubel to LF, Thome to DH.
    Cuddyer needs a day off (once or twice a month), Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.
    Morneau needs a day off so he doesn't wear down like he normall does (once or twice a month), Cuddyer to 1B, Kubel to RF, Thome to DH.

    The Twins can probably easily give him 2 games a week and if heaven forbid Morneau, Cuddyer, Young or Morneau get hurt, we're not stuck with the Harris/Morales/Pridie DH pu-pu platter.
    I would add two items to your list.

    One is that he supposedly is the best available bat for coming off the bench against RH pitchers.

    Second, the Twins are currently having discussions with Mauer about a contract extension. One of his wishes is that the Twins field a team that can compete for championships - see item one.



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    Re: Twins sign Thome

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    Check out his numbers as a pinch hitter with the Dodgers. Not very good. Also...he claims to have a 3 hour prep in order to get ready for games...so I just don't see him coming off the bench and being that effective.
    He only had 17 at bats, can't really make any assumptions off of that.

    If he's going into the season knowing his role, which he obviously does or he wouldn't have signed, he should be able to prepare for games as a pinch hitter with a different approach. And when he's a DH, he can prep the way he always has.

    Like most have said, nobody can argue this one. It's a no risk signing for that price.



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