Posted at 12:23 PM on November 5, 2005
by David Zingler
From 1991-2000 he averaged 34 homeruns and 115 RBI per season while hitting below .305 just once. The former back-to-back MVP winner (1993-94) however, has only played in 108 games the past two seasons and watched the White Sox win the World Series from the bench. Now, after the Sox bought out his contract yesterday, Frank Thomas’ tumultuous tenure on the South Side is over. The question is -- would you like to see him in a Twins uniform?
The case for:
If healthy he would provide a true power presence in the lineup which, in case you haven’t noticed, the Twins sort of need.
Owner of a .427 career on-base-percentage, he could explain the concept of the strike zone to his teammates.
You just know he would come up big against the White Sox.
It would further intensify the already intense White Sox/Twins rivalry.
Because he turns 38 next May and comes with considerable baggage, the price could be right.
The case against:
He turns 38 in May and comes with considerable baggage.
He may upset Torii Hunter by supplanting him as the team’s biggest ego and official whiner.
Dick Bremer would undoubtedly coin several corny “Big Hurt” catch phrases.
It would only be a matter of time before he started complaining about the stadium, its’ facilities and Dick Bremer’s corny catch phrases.
While I wouldn’t be against the Twins taking a flier on Thomas if the price were right, I would rather see them pursue Jim Thome. With his history of selfish behavior and reputation as a clubhouse cancer, it is highly unlikely (5-10% chance) that the Big Hurt will ever call the Metrodome home.
It depends on what you have to pay him. If you could get him for a low base salary with incentives based on performance, and didn't have to give him a long-term contract, I'd do it. We didn't start hearing about the "clubhouse cancer" stuff until he got hurt and became unproductive. If he's healthy, he can still him, and the Twins could definitely use him.
Actually, Thomas' option being bought out simply makes him a free agent, able to sign with all 30 teams, including the sox--his most likely destination.