Out of respect to Jim Thome _ and he certainly deserves it _ manager Ozzie Guillen said he's considering bringing the 39-year-old designated back for another season at SoxFest Saturday.
Guillen heads back home to Miami tomorrow, and he said a decision will be made before he leaves.
There is no question Thome can still hit _ the left-handed slugger had 23 home runs and 74 RBI in 107 games with the White Sox last season before being traded to the Dodgers on Aug. 31.
And there is no question Thome is a great presence in the clubhouse and on the field.
But Guillen appears to be leaning against bringing Thome back, for several reasons.
First, Thome is getting up in years and you have to wonder if he's going to be able to keep his troublesome back in working order.
Second, Guillen is fired up about the flexibility he'd have with a “rotating” group of designated hitters. As he's pointed out several times during SoxFest, the Red Sox (David Ortiz), Indians (Travis Hafner) and now Angels (Hideki Matsui) are the only teams using a full-time DH.
Third, if the White Sox bring Thome back, he'll only be used on a part-time basis. Guillen doesn't think that would be fair for the future Hall of Famer.
Fourth, Guillen likes to carry 12 pitchers. If Thome returns, he'd likely be limited to 11.
The Twins and Rays are both interested in signing Thome.