I hope the Sox are one of the teams interested in Big Jim:
Present job opportunities for Thome clearly will be limited to the American League. A handful of teams have contacted Thome’s representative, Pat Rooney from SFX Baseball, and while Thome would not list any of those with interest, MLB.com has learned Tampa Bay stands as one of them.
The Rays would make sense in that Thome could split DH time with Pat Burrell, who previously played with Thome in Philadelphia. Thome’s power stroke would serve as a great benefit for any team with playoff aspirations, such as Tampa Bay.
Paulie wonders what Kenny is waiting for:
“If you are a team that wants to win, it’s hard for me to see, with the way Jim swung the bat last year and the person he is, that somehow, some way he can’t fit on a team in the Major Leagues,” said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko of his friend and former teammate. “Things are a little different now. Signings happened quickly before, where everything took place before Christmas. Now, it seems like everything is being drawn out more to the start of Spring Training. There are still a lot of good players out there, guys who had very good seasons and haven’t signed yet.”
Get on it Kenny! You aren’t seriously thinking letting Ozzie play Kotsay, Vizquel, and Jones at DH, right?