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Rangers interested in Thome

Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 3:53 pm
Jim Thome The Rangers are interested in free-agent designated hitter Jim Thome, Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune confirms via Twitter .

Thome, 11 homers shy of 600, has balked at re-signing with the Twins so far this offseason following his productive 2010. While no longer a full-time DH, Thome can still be very effective when used correctly, as the Twins did last season when he appeared in 108 games for Minnesota.

Thome was used mostly against right-handed pitchers last season, hitting .302/.455/.698 against right-handers in 246 plate appearance and .241/.298/.471 in 94 plate appearances against lefties. All but two of his 16 homers came against right-handers.

The Rangers are still trying to figure out how to move forward with their lineup after signing free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Michael Young is certain to be moved, but will he be a first baseman or a designated hitter.

Young hit better against left-handers in 2010, .322/.374/.497 last season, while hitting .270/.314/.425 against righties. But if he's a full-time first baseman, he doesn't figure into the designated hitter spot.

However, the team has said it may use him more as a utility player, giving him starts across the infield to spell second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus and Beltre. Thome's presence could aid that usage of Young.

While Thome's not exactly a perfect, easy fit for the Rangers, he does add to the Texas offense. The Rangers certainly have the money Thome's looking for -- the Twins paid him $1.5 million last season and he's been said to be looking for a raise after 2010, one Minnesota's not sure it can afford.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:18 pm

Rangers interested in Thome

Not a chance ...Thome loves Minny and will stay for the chance to go to the world series with them.Sorry texas only steers and queers go to play in that crappy ballpark
Twins will pay more for thome if they had to...They can afford it since every home game is sold out

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:25 am

Rangers interested in Thome

He'd be ok in the Ranger line-up.  Obviously good homerun power, but his high KO potential and low BA makes him merely a "meh." signing.  He does walk a lot and always manages to amass a good OBP so for the right price, why not.  I still don't get why the Rangers don't re-sign Guerrero.  Vlad provided awesome numbers for the Rangers last year to the tune of an AS appearance, SS award, and he was even 11th in the MVP voting.  I know it's a business but if I were Vlad, I'd be feeling downright disrespected right about now.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:57 am

Rangers interested in Thome

Don't do it Rangers. In addition to being a despicable human being, Jim Thome is also a curse to every team he's on. Having Jim Thome on your roster is very bad karma. Don't believe me? Ask the Phillies who won after he left, or ask the White Sox who won before he arrived and couldn't win when he got there, or ask the Twins who saw a World Series contender humiliated in the playoffs.

After what that punk a/s/s did to the city of Cleveland, the baseball gods will never allow him to get a ring. His bad karma follows him wherever he goes.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:18 am

Rangers interested in Thome

Don't forget aobut Cruz and Kinsler

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:12 am

Rangers interested in Thome

They can't be serious about moving Michael Young to a super utility role are they? If Young becomes the primary first baseman, adding Thome could make their lineup that much scarier if he can reproduce numbers close to last year. Should be interesting, but I hope the Rangers don't undervalue Young being in the lineup every day. As a Jays fan, it still kills me to look at how Young ended up in Texas.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:43 pm

Rangers interested in Thome

Beltre (if you can believe the hype, I can't) Thome, Hamilton, and Young make one powerful lineup.  This would be a perfect move for Jim, I really hope he signs.  He'll easily get his 600, probably go for two years and wind up around 650, that would be a sure shot for the Hall and they may even win a Series.  This would knock the Angels and the A's out from the top for at least a few years.

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