Twins bring back Thome

The Twins have resigned Jim Thome to a one-year contract, the club announced Friday. The deal is worth $3 million plus performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

The 40-year-old lefty slugger batted .283 with a .412 on-base percentage and 25 homers in 108 games last year. Thanks in large part to Thome’s production, the Twins became the first team to clinch a division title, even though their biggest run producer, Justin Morneau, didn’t play past July 7 because of a concussion.

For his 20-year career, Thome is a five-time All-Star with a .278 batting average, 589 home runs and 2,216 hits.

– Alden Gonzalez, Kelly Thesier

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