Before Sunday evening, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will tell owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Kenny Williams if designated hitter Jim Thome fits into their 2010 plans.
Williams and Guillen had a two-hour meeting on the subject on Friday, discussing the pros and cons of bringing back the heavy-hitting but slow footed Thome.
According to sources close to the situation, the only way Guillen will accept Thome's return is as a part-time solution to the DH. In other words, Guillen would only want to use Thome 2 to 3 times a week, allowing the rest of the games to have a flexible DH for multiple uses. Thome himself will have to decide whether this will be good enough for him.
Minnesota Twins have had interest in talking to Thome, but realistically, they seem to have plenty of left-handed power with catcher Joe Mauer, first baseman Justin Morneau and OF/DH Jason Kubel. Thome would like to stay with the White Sox because of his connections to Chicago, living there in the offseason and being from Peoria originally.
An unscientific poll of the players at Sox Fest was almost 100 percent pro-Thome returning. Besides his connections with Chicago, Thome would also like to become the sixth player in history to hit 600 home runs. He's 36 short with 564 home runs.