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Twins sign slugger Thome to $1.5 mil deal

From The Sports

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one- year contract with veteran slugger Jim Thome.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $1.5 million with up to $750,000 in incentives.

Thome will likely fill a bench role, as Jason Kubel, also a left-handed hitter, was primarily a designated hitter last season.

Sitting at No. 12 on the career home run leaders list with 564, Thome is just five back of Rafael Palmeiro and nine behind former Twins great Harmon Killebrew.

Thome spent most of last season with the White Sox before being traded to the Dodgers in a waiver deadline deal in September. In 124 games between the clubs, he batted .249 with a .366 on-base percentage, 23 homers and 77 RBI.

Since coming into the majors in 1991 with Cleveland, he is a career .277 hitter with a .404 OBP, 1,565 RBI and has eclipsed the 40-home run mark six times, including a career-high 52 with Cleveland in 2002.