The agreed on a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million with DH .
Thome spent three and a half seasons with division rival before his trade to the .
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. , 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 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.