Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Guillen not opposed to adding Thome
By Doug Padilla
Ozzie Guillen wouldn't mind Jim Thome returning, but he doesn't see it happening.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The rumors are out there, and the possibility reportedly exists that the Chicago White Sox could add Jim Thome for the stretch drive.
Thome has apparently been put on trade waivers by the Minnesota Twins. And the deal that had Delmon Young going from the Twins to the Detroit Tigers earlier this month shows that Minnesota has no issue dealing with teams in the division.
If Thome isn't added to the White Sox, don't blame manager Ozzie Guillen this time.
"I'd love to add Jim Thome back to be honest with you," Guillen said. "A lot of people think I don't want Jimmy."
That line of thinking comes from the decision to not sign Thome before the 2010 season as Guillen wanted to go with a quicker lineup not as prone to the strikeout. Thome ended up signing with the Twins.
The question remains, though: How do the White Sox fit in a one-dimensional player in Thome before rosters expand on Sept. 1?
"That's up to [GM] Kenny [Williams], but I don't know if we're going to have five DHs," Guillen said with a laugh. "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."