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Report: Jim Thome turned down at least $4 million from Rangers to re-sign with Twins

Jan 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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As Aaron wrote yesterday, Jim Thome will make $3 million guaranteed with the chance for an additional $3 million in performance-based incentives as part of his new contract with the Twins, but according to Ken Rosenthal of, the veteran slugger was offered more than $4 million by the Rangers.

So yes, Thome did leave money on the table here, but as he told Rosenthal yesterday, he simply preferred Minnesota over Texas because of its closer proximity to his family in Chicago.

“If we’ve got a day game at home (on a Sunday), and we’re going from Minnesota to Detroit, Cleveland or Kansas City — or Chicago, of course — it gives me an opportunity to slip home on a Monday off-day instead of not seeing my kids for 2 1/2 to 3 weeks,” Thome told

Pretty easy call, really.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Kinda puts that whole “making up for last year” stuff to rest, doesn’t it?

    • Lukehart80 - Jan 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM


      • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        Children are horrible.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Well when you figure his base salary last year was $1.5 million, he’s already doubled that and he can earn up to $6 million with all of the incentives, I think that puts him on par for making up what he missed out on last year. If you figure the average going rate for a DH type now-a-days is roughly $5 million/season. It works itself out.

    Personally, I’d have preferred the Twins bring in some right-handed punch–or go back in time and not trade JJ Hardy–but I’m down with this deal. The base salary is totally reasonable and it puts us in a good position to keep Thome in a limited role, which is where he excels.

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