Thome Looks like Longshot
According to a report by MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, the Rays have talked to free agent Jim Thome. While the report is surely accurate — the Rays talk to a lot of players to try and line up all different kinds of possibilities and scenarios — I do not believe this one will come to fruition unless the Rays find a taker for Pat Burrell.
In addition to the fact the Rays will pay Burrell $9 million in 2010, acquiring Thome would give the team added payroll and two designated hitters. Having a slugger from the right side and the left side would be a nice luxury if it were not so costly and hard to do because of the additional roster spot needed. Thome and Burrell no longer ply the leather, so such a move would leave the bench rather thin.
The Rays’ policy is to neither confirm or deny said reports.
— Bill Chastain