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Twins give Thome one-year, $3-million contract

Thome watches after whacking baseball toward the outer limits Thome watches after whacking baseball toward the outer limits

MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC-DT/AP) -- Designated hitter Jim Thome and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal, announced Friday by the Twins, includes performance bonuses for plate appearances.

The 40-year-old hit 25 home runs in only 276 at-bats last season and ranks eighth with 589 homers. Thome doesn't play in the field anymore, but he gave the AL Central champion Twins a big lift, particularly after first baseman Justin Morneau's concussion created an everyday spot in the lineup.

The five-time All-Star hit .283 with 16 doubles, two triples, 59 RBIs and 60 walks in 2010. He talked often about how much he enjoyed playing for the Twins.

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