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UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen wants Thome

Jan 24, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

Jim Thome headshot.jpgUpdate: According to Scott Merkin of, Ozzie Guillen said the following:

“Well, if I want one guy out there, I want (Thome). I already talk to Kenny about that.”

It’s a long way from a confirmation of a deal, and Guillen sometimes lacks a filter, but it sure sounds like he’s coming back.

11:51 am: Last we left you on the blog, the Twins were showing real interest in free agent designated hitter Jim Thome, but the White Sox quickly re-entered the picture on Friday night after a source told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that there was a “50-50” chance could return to the South Siders.

This weekend just happens to be the annual SoxFest, so reporters have had plenty of access to their favorite quote-machine Ozzie Guillen. Just yesterday Guillen said that he would only bring Thome back as the lefty-part of his DH-by-committee and that a decision would be made either way before he left for Miami on Sunday. Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune tweeted this morning that Guillen told fans the club has yet to make a decision on Thome, but that he has delayed his flight until Monday.

Is this a sign that Thome is on his way back to Chicago? Not necessarily, but it at least extends the window of the possibility.

  1. BIGBRUCE - Jan 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I think Thome has at least one more year left in his powerful bat. He would make a wonderful designated hitter. He is too slow to play in the field anymore. He would give the White Sox about 20 home runs and 80 RBIs doing the designated hitter role. He could also pinch hit in a pinch. I think signing Thome would be a good deal for the White Sox.

  2. Marisa Thome - Jan 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    “He is too slow to play in the field anymore.”
    With all due respect, insofar as Thome has only taken the field 4 times in the past 4 seasons, and 0 times in the past 2 seasons, this statement is right up there with the ‘sun will rise in the east’.

  3. sploorp - Jan 24, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    As a Twins fan, I really hope the Sox sign him up. The Twins main need right now is an infielder who can bat 2nd. Someone like … oh, I don’t … let’s see here … someone like Hudson perhaps?!
    One can only hope.

  4. chi-soxfan - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    No disrespect to Jim Thome, he was a good hitter, but I think it’s time to make Konerko a dh and try for the Royals 1b Billy Butler. That young man belongs on a better team.

  5. Sven-Erik - Jan 25, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Here’s a thought. What if they took away the DH and just let the other 8 guys bat in rotation instead. Leonard Koppett took up that idea in his book “A Thinking Fans Guide to Bsseball”.
    Even though it has increased run production to a certain extent, the DH role has not created a dramatic increase in runs that it was hoped that it would.
    Having your best guys bat more often would do it.

  6. Fuzzy Math - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    “Even though it has increased run production to a certain extent, the DH role has not created a dramatic increase in runs that it was hoped that it would.”
    AL teams score about 0.5 runs more per game than NL teams.

  7. Sven-Erik - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Exactly my point, FM. Koppet has gone into great detail with lots of tables to show exactly your figure, that the DH has not made a great impact.
    So how ’bout it folks, 8 hitters in the line up. You still follow the same pinch hitting rules. Everything would be the same, it’s just that your 8 guys would bat more often.

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