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Report: Thome won't be returning to White Sox

Jan 25, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley reports that Jim Thome and the White Sox were unable to reach an agreement over the weekend and that Thome won’t be back in Chicago next year.
The White Sox clearly had mixed feelings on whether it was in their best interests to bring back Thome as their primary DH. Manager Ozzie Guillen is fine with mixing and matching at the spot, even though Thome would have a pretty good chance chance of being the team’s best or second-best hitter against right-handers.
Thome might now be on his way to Minnesota. The Twins, still not sold on Delmon Young as an everyday player in left field, have interest in the 39-year-old as a part-time DH.

  1. JasonC23 - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Hitters? We don’t need no stinkin’ hitters!

  2. Denise - Jan 26, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    I’d like to trust their judgement but thay made so may mistakes in signing or not signing in the past.The contribution THOME has made and would have made is much more thana few less at bats coulddefine.In his life Ozzie and Kenny will have never garnered the respect THOME gets from players and baseball in general. Lets not forget that the winning a WORLD SERIES ring does not mean YOU actually played the game guys.The likes of THOME, DYE ,Scotty PODS will not likely be seen for a while.I am reminded that baseball is a business but my love of the game prevails and I see the loss of guys like this and the gain of JONES and RIOS as yet aother disappointment.Say what you will but baseball needs heart to succeed..we had it in 2005 and this is just another time when you took the heart out of the game.

  3. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Thome is a stand up guy, maybe Ozzies comment about the DH being open to rotate guys in and out and not locked into one guy rubbed Thome the wrong way .The Yankees are doing the same, rotate a regular every now and then to stay fresh and make your playoff run
    with fresh legs. Thome is a stand up guy, I agree.

  4. Ed-dough - Jan 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Thome is a tremendous team player and I believe a Hall of Fame candidate but he does clog up the base paths when he gets on and he usually winds up on the DL a few times each year with a bad back. Why the Sox do not sign Dye as their DH I do not understand. At least he can still run a bit and maybe fill in in the outfield a time or two.

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