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Jim Thome Moving North to Minnesota
Tim Lee,

The Minnesota Twins agreed on a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million with DH Jim Thome.

Thome spent three and a half seasons with division rival Chicago White Sox before his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While Thome’s value increases now that he moves back to the AL, it appears he won’t start the season as an everyday player. Jason Kubel, who hit 28 HRs and drove in 103 RBIs, figures to get a lot of time at DH.

Watch closely as spring training approaches to see how manager Ron Gardenhire decides to create his lineup; if OF Delmon Young gets benched, Kubel could move to LF and Thome would receive regular at-bats as the DH. If this were the scenario to play out, expect Thome to provide decent power numbers with a less than decent batting average, similar to the Yankees version of Jason Giambi.

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