We're not exactly sure yet what role Jim Thome is going to wind up playing on the 2012 Phillies.
He'll be a potent power bat off the bench for sure and he might be an occasional first baseman, even though he's said in the past that he doesn't think playing the field is his best use. Should the Phils make it to the World Series, he'd certainly be their designated hitter. For now, though, the one thing that Thome is definitely doing for the Phillies is marketing.
Thome has been in contact with his former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining up again as members of the Phillies next season. Thome wouldn't say whether Cuddyer is as interested in joining the Phillies as they seem to be in having him come aboard, but their chances of landing him can't be hurt too much by Thome's lobbying.
It also can't hurt that the Phillies seem to be making Cuddyer a top priority right away. Buster Olney of ESPN reported over the weekend that the Phillies seem prepared to do whatever it takes to ...