First off, I just wanna lead with saying how happy I am that we finally got the deal done with Thome. I was waiting for a little proof of life from our FO and this is exactly the type of signing I like to see our team make - great clubhouse guy, great ballplayer, and for a financially reasonable contract. Yes, he may not fill our gaping hole for a formidable RH bench bat, but I think its safe to say that all of Twins Territory is rejoicing that we got Jimmy Jam back.
With that being said, I just finished Joe Christensen's article on the Thome signing on the Trib website and his second to last paragraph gave me pause to say the least: "If the season started today, that bench would include Drew Butera, Matt Tolbert, Jason Repko and perhaps Trevor Plouffe or Luke Hughes."....... Yes, Thome bolsters our bench, but to say that our bench looks awfully thin beyond him is an understatement by my standards.
The purpose of this post is to reach out to my fellow Twinkie Towners to see what everyone thinks about the current state of our bench and what our best options would be moving forward to bolster our bench.
Personally, I would love to see Revere brought up early to act as our 4th OF. The guy has done everything possible in terms of proving himself in the minors and I think we can all agree his bat has to be SOME sort of an upgrade over Repko. Also, as I previously mentioned I'd love the addition of some sort of RH bat with pop that we could use to protect our Lefty heavy lineup, but looking around at the remaining FA's, I gotta say I'm not too encouraged.
Anyways, enough from me, what say you Twinkie Town?!?