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Thome: Rangers Offered More

Earlier today, I said this:

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I hope they were more aggressive than the final numbers make it seem and that Thome just wanted to stay in Minnesota.

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Now Ken Rosenthal says this:

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Jim Thome said the Rangers offered him more money than the Twins. But for Thome, who on Friday signed a one-year, $3 million free-agent contract to return to Minnesota, there were more important considerations.

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His teammates. His desire to remain in the AL Central. His fondness for Minnesota and the Twins’ organization.

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Well, okay. That's fine. I'm glad the Rangers tried, and that's that. I would have liked to get Thome, but as I said earlier it wasn't necessarily a perfect fit, so it's no big deal, and it's nice to know it wasn't because they were unwilling to top $3 million.

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Too bad, time to move on.

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