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.
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.
|Vikings (2)||Bears (1)|
|Lions (2)||Injury report (1)|
|Off the field (11)||On the road (16)|
|Rookies (7)||Roster moves (6)|
|The draft (4)||Trade talk (1)|
|Ron Gardenhire (7)||Target Field (13)|
|Twins fans (9)||Twins game coverage (512)|
|Twins management (14)||Twins offense (71)|
|Twins pitching (63)||Twins rumors (28)|
|Twins transactions (25)||Twins postseason (3)|
|Baseball Hall of Fame (8)||MLB (217)|
|Major league trades (9)||Twins prospects (9)|
|Farm System (32)|