Blog Entry

Ozzie: "I'd love to have Jim Thome back"

Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:15 pm
If the Twins do opt to deal Jim Thome, who reportedly is on waivers through Thursday, it's hard to imagine a better way for Thome's career to end than him taking one last victory lap in Cleveland.

Thome certainly would fit with the Indians, with Travis Hafner possibly out for the season with a foot injury.

But here's a thought: What if another of Thome's ex-teams is in position to claim him first?

Hello, disappointing Chicago White Sox.

Any interest there?

"I'd love to have Jim Thome back," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said before Tuesday night's series opener against the Angels in Anaheim. "I've said day-in and day-out, he's one of my favorite guys in baseball.

"But that's up to Kenny [Williams, Sox general manager]."

The Sox are still hanging in there in a tepid AL Central in the midst of a disappointing, mediocre (63-63) season.

Free agent slugger Adam Dunn (.169, 11 homers, 40 RBI) has been one of the game's most disappointing players. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski currently is on the disabled list with a fractured wrist. Outfielder Carlos Quentin (.255, 24 homers, 77 RBI) was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game Tuesday with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder suffered Saturday against Texas.

"If you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they would want Jim Thome back, they would say, 'Yes'," Guillen said.
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