A source said the Sox were one of several teams putting a claim in for Thome, whose mere presence in the clubhouse would be a plus. It wouldn’t hurt Dunn and those Sox who didn’t play with Thome in 2006-09 to watch the future Hall of Famer approach his every-day job and the designated hitter role.
“I’d love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you,” said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. “A lot of people think I don’t want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn’t have any place for him.”
Yeah, we had room for Mark Kotsay but not Jim Thome.
“But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That’s up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don’t know if we’re going to have five DHs. I don’t expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that’s not our department.”
UPDATE: I forgot this last night the Sox may be blocking Cleveland from getting Thome. And we see today that they may have claimed another lefty: OF/DH Jason Kubel.
Other White Sox links:
- J.J. looks at Detroit’s remaining schedule and doesn’t like what he sees.
- James can’t dislike Zach Stewart anymore and recaps the past week.
- Mike explains how to fire Greg Walker and says that the Sox need to go on a winning streak and drop the ‘winning series’ concept.
- Fangraphs looks for a player similar to Brent Lillibridge and comes up with Jeff Liefer. J.J. says there’s a better comparable: Pablo Ozuna. Pablo!