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Agent: Thome wants to play in 2011

Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:50 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 8:48 am
Jim Thome Jim Thome is interested in playing in 2011 and maybe 2012, his agent tells Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune .

"He has no intention of retiring," Pat Rooney said.

At the end of the season, the 40-year old Thome said he'd talk to his family about playing again, and now it appears he will.

Thome hit 25 home runs for the Twins in 2010 and moved to eighth on the all-time home run list with 589.

Rooney said he's talked to the Twins and "other teams are in the mix."

Thome signed a one-year deal with the Twins before last season that paid him $1.5 million and then another $200,000 in incentives.

"Right now, he feels great," Rooney said. "He's been working out, he's in great shape, he's ready to go."

The Twins seem to be the perfect fit for Thome, but perhaps he could go to Oakland, a team that lost out on Adam Dunn. Thome would appear to be best-suited to playing in the American League, where he can DH. He last played in the field in 2007, but that was for just one game. He hasn't played in the field more than he's DH'd since he was in the National League with Philadelphia in 2005.

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Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:52 pm

Agent: Thome wants to play in 2011

Thome is awesome and a great clubhouse guy.  I would love to see him keep playing.  Minnesota was a good spot for him and that seems to be a great stop again this year.  The difficulty for me is that he is offense only.  It's tough to justify a roster spot for a DH/PH that can't play in the field.  As long as he hits .290 and has 25 homers in half a seasons worth of at bats, he'll be signed somewhere. I hope its with a legitimate contenter so he can get a ring- he deserves one.

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