Thome signing good for fantasy, bad for Delmon 

January, 28, 2010
I can understand why Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would say that new acquisition Jim Thome is going to be used more as a pinch hitter and occasional DH rather than a regular player. I just don't believe him, and neither should you.

Even at the age of 39, Thome is one of the better hitters the Twins have, ranking behind Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, but on par with the rest of the team's top hitters in terms of OPS. I've been getting e-mails from those still stuck with Delmon Young in dynasty leagues, and they're all basically asking the same question: Will Young get 500 at-bats this season? I say no, he will not, not with Thome in town. The Twins don't have to find Thome at-bats, but why wouldn't they want to?

Delmon Young
Jerry Lai/US PresswireDelmon Young had just a .308 on-base percentage in 2009.
For now, the Twins say Young, Denard Span and Michael Cuddyer will be the everyday outfielders, with Jason Kubel the regular designated hitter. Awesome. Here are the overall OPS figures for those players in 2009: