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Jim Thome reiterates plans to play in 2011 at age 40

Dec 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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Free agent Jim Thome has successfully avoided media attention since finishing an amazing season that saw him hit .283 with a 1.039 OPS while stepping in for an injured Justin Morneau, but yesterday his agent told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the future Hall of Famer “has no intention of retiring” at age 40.

Pat Rooney revealed to Christensen that “we’ve talked to the Twins and there are other teams in the mix” while hinting that Thome may prefer a two-year contract after playing 2010 on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

Rooney talked about how Thome “had a special experience in Minnesota” and “loves the manager” but promised only that “he’d definitely consider going back” to the Twins. General manager Bill Smith has made it very clear that the Twins want to re-sign Thome, but it’s becoming obvious that he won’t be available at the same type of discount rate as last offseason.

  1. BC - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Why not come back? In the 300 or so at-bats he had, he totally raked.

  2. sosascork - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    As a White Sox fan I’m excited to see the Adam Dunn signing, but was hoping to see Thome back on the South Side in at least a part time role. I’ll be a fan wherever he ends up…

  3. dbs13 - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Twins should NOT sign Thome, especially if he expects a 2-year deal. Last season was a “perfect storm” for Twins with Thome available when Morneau unexpectedly missed half of the season. But with Morneau presumably back in the lineup, Twins already have a left-hand hitting DH in Jason Kubel. Using a roster spot for a pinch hitter like Thome who can do nothing else would be a mistake. Thanks Jim for an exciting 2010 with the Twins and best wishes for a 2011 with some other team.

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