ANAHEIM -- News of Jim Thome being placed on waivers by the Twins has produced speculation of interest coming from the White Sox, with whom Thome hit 134 homers from 2006 through August 2009. That interest would be tied to the White Sox trying to block Cleveland from adding the future Hall of Famer or the White Sox simply adding another left-handed bat in place of the slumping Adam Dunn.
Of course, with Paul Konerko continuing to battle through the pain in his left calf/knee caused by an Andrew Miller fastball on July 31, the designated hitter spot has been filled, and that's the only spot Thome could take at this stage. But count manager Ozzie Guillen as one of many who would welcome back the prolific slugger.
"I'd love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you," said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. "A lot of people think I don't want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn't have any place for him.
"But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That's up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don't know if we're going to have five DHs. I don't expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that's not our department."