Twins Agree to Terms with Thome
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with designated hitter Jim Thome on a one-year contract for the 2010 season, pending a physical.
Thome, 39, batted .249 (90-for-362) with 15 doubles, 23 home runs and 77 rbi in 124 games with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
Since making his Major League debut in 1993, Thome has a career batting-average of .277 (2138-for-7706) with 412 doubles, 24 triples, 564 home runs and 1565 rbi. He has hit 30-or-more home runs in 12 seasons, including hitting a career-high 52 in 2002. In addition, Thome has driven in over 100 runs on nine occasions.
Thome has been named to five All-Star teams in his career. He made the American League All-Star team in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2006, and the National League All-Star team in 2004. Thome ranks first among all active players in walks, second in AB/HR ratio (13.66), third in home runs, fifth in rbi, seventh in on-base percentage (.404) and slugging percentage (.557).