Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Thome's deal includes $1.4 million in incentives

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins transactions Updated: January 18, 2011 - 10:25 AM

Jim Thome's new one-year, $3 million contract with the Twins could pay him an additional $1.4 million in incentives for plate appearances, a person familiar with the deal told the Star Tribune.

These are the incentive levels:

* $200,000 once he reaches 200 plate appearances

* Another $300,000 when he reaches 300 PA

* Another $300,000 when he reaches 350 PA

* Another $300,000 when he reaches 400 PA

Those are heftier bonuses than Thome had built into last year's contract, which paid him a base salary of $1.5 million. Thome received $100,000 for reaching 250 PA, and another $100K for reaching 300 PA, finished the season with 340 PA.

Ken Rosenthal, of FoxSports.com, reported that Thome turned down a $4 million offer from the Rangers to return to the Twins, but it's unclear if the Texas offer included a similar bonus structure.

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