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Return of the Mash: Thome signs one-year contract with Twins

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And so it has been agreed upon: If (and when) Jim Thome(notes) becomes the eighth member of the 600 homer club later this season, he will likely do so while wearing the uniform of the Minnesota Twins. As reported by MLB.com's Kelly Thesier on Friday morning, the 40-year-old titan, his 589 career home runs and the team from the Twin Cities have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $3 million.

This is a good deal for both sides as Thome doubles his salary after a 25-homer, 1.039-OPS season in 2010 and the Twins are saved from having to deal with the Manny Ramirez(notes) circus at a price that's still a bargain if Thome stays healthy.

(Other teams interested in an aging slugger willing to peddle his services, you now have Boras Corp. on line one; Vladimir Guerrero(notes) on line two.)

What's also interesting (and confusing for Thome's Hall of Fame cap argument) is that he's now in line to have hit his last four century milestone homers — 300, 400, 500, 600 — while wearing a different uniform. No other member of the 600 club has done that.

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