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01/14/2011 11:54 AM ET
Twins agree to terms with Jim Thome on one-year contract
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Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with designated hitter Jim Thome on a one-year contract for the 2011 season.

Thome, 40, batted .283 (78-for-276) with 16 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 59 rbi in 108 games with the Twins last season. With his 25 home runs, he passed Rafael Palmeiro, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson, and currently ranks eighth on the All-Time list.

Since making his Major League debut in 1991, Thome has a career batting-average of .278 (2216-for-7982) with 428 doubles, 26 triples, 589 home runs and 1624 rbi. He has hit 20-or-more home runs in 16 seasons, including hitting a career-high 52 in 2002. In addition, Thome has driven in over 100 runs on nine occasions.

Thome has been named to five All-Star teams in his career. He made the American League All-Star team in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2006, and the National League All-Star team in 2004. Thome ranks first among all active players in walks (1679), second in home runs and AB/HR ratio (13.55), third in rbi, fourth in games, sixth in slugging percentage (.559) and eighth in on-base percentage (.404).

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