January 11, 2011

Is Texas Looking to Add Jim Thome?

Let's say you're the Texas Rangers and (A) you've lost the World Series and (B) you've lost the pitcher that helped get you there...what do you do?

Simple.

You re-load.

First, you bring in Brandon Webb, the 2006 National League Cy Young award winner.

Next comes a thirdbaseman in the form of Adrian Beltre who is coming off his eighth season of 20 or more home runs in the last eleven years.

And lastly...you add future Hall of Fame slugger Jim Thome.

It's true. Thome, who turns 41 in August...might just be the one to provide Texas with the left-handed power they're looking for according to The Dallas Morning News.

According to two baseball sources, the team has interest in free-agent designated hitter Jim Thome.  The left-handed hitting Thome, who enjoyed a big year for Minnesota last season, would split the DH chores with Michael Young.  Young would be a part-time DH and fill in at all four infield positions.

Last season, Thome hit .283 with 25 home runs and 59 RBI in 340 plate appearances for the Minnesota Twins.  His career total of 589 home runs ranks him eighth all-time.

If/when he finds work for 2011...he'll be looking to become the fifth player to surpass the 600 home run mark in the last ten years.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Texas, you bunch of dummies! You've always had mashers and weak pitching. Always spending money on hitting and disregarding front end pitching. Jim Thome? @ 41 will continue to have trouble catching up to a fast ball. When will Texas learn! C'mon Nolan, get on the ball! Memo to Texas GM, STOP dealing with that Financial Rapist Scott Boras!

Anonymous said...

Texas' pitching was good enough to win the West...prior to adding Lee, they were well ahead in the race...and Lee had a less than .500 record at the end of the regular season. Of course, he was key to the playoff success. But without any other significant free agents or trades to be consumated, they are doing what they can to put them in the same position...of leading at the trade deadline and trying to make a trade then for frontline pitching...which in fact could cost you less.

I believe this a a great move...