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  • A's may be interested in Frank Thomas??!

    It seems like the A's can get Frank Thomas cheaply now, but i think it would be a mistake..I sense Thomas is running out of motivation and he can just sit the season out and cash a big pay check or play for the A's and get roughly the same amount..

    http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/new...=.jsp&c_id=oak QUOTE:
    OAKLAND -- He had to know the question was coming, but a wince spread across his face as soon as it came.

    A's manager Bob Geren wanted no part of discussing his team's level of interest in signing Frank Thomas, who was released by the Blue Jays on Sunday and could be had for a song.

    "That's not something I'm gonna comment on," Geren said Tuesday before the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Twins. "I don't want to talk about other teams' players."

    Thomas, however, is a player without a team. He's a free agent, and any team that picks him up will be on the hook for but a pro-rated portion of the Major League minimum. The Jays, for whom Thomas was batting .167 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 60 at-bats this season, will have to eat the rest of what's left of his reported 2008 salary of $8 million.

    The Big Hurt, who batted .270 with team highs of 39 homers and 114 RBIs while helping the 2006 A's win the American League West and reach the AL Championship Series, was told by the Blue Jays on Saturday that his playing time was going to be reduced dramatically.

    Thomas went public with his displeasure, suggesting that Toronto was trying to prevent him from cashing in on a $10 million vesting option for 2009 that would have kicked in had he made 367 plate appearances this season.

    Citing the club's policy of not discussing free agents with the media, A's assistant general manager David Forst also declined comment. It's been widely reported that the team's brass has at least kicked around the idea of bringing back Thomas to bolster an offense that ranked last in the Majors with seven home runs through Monday.

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    It seems both the Ms and As badly want Thomas to keep him from going to the other club. Thomas will be hoping someone commits to a guaranteed contract for 2009...we'll see how that plays out.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SABR Matt View Post
      It seems both the Ms and As badly want Thomas to keep him from going to the other club. Thomas will be hoping someone commits to a guaranteed contract for 2009...we'll see how that plays out.
      Yeah the Mariners seem to want the Big Hurt too, but i just think Thomas is past tense as far as his career goes!
      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...yndication=rss

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      • #4
        Obviously the Big Hurt is at the end of his career. I think he just needs to retire. If your hindering your club and not producing you shouldn't be whining about playing time. I know Frank Thomas is an established vet. but I didn't particularly care for the way he handled the news of "reduced playing time". In that situation a player should accept the role or ask about other options. Instead, Thomas just went berserk in a way that could have been solved w/out the shenanigans.
        My collection of autographs: TTM Autos

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        • #5
          I think the A's are lucky they picked him up before someone else did. IMO Frank is far from finished.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by John Shoemaker View Post
            I think the A's are lucky they picked him up before someone else did. IMO Frank is far from finished.
            Maybe! Frank was a slow starter when we played with the A's the last time..
            Slow starters are OK if they finish strong..I hope Frank starts producing, but one of these years ( this year? ) Father Time will slow him down for good!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Extra Innings View Post
              Obviously the Big Hurt is at the end of his career. I think he just needs to retire. If your hindering your club and not producing you shouldn't be whining about playing time. I know Frank Thomas is an established vet. but I didn't particularly care for the way he handled the news of "reduced playing time". In that situation a player should accept the role or ask about other options. Instead, Thomas just went berserk in a way that could have been solved w/out the shenanigans.
              I disagree. Why accept a reduced role (a benching) when he can get a full-time gig (in Oakland) elsewhere? He did the right thing and Toronto did the wrong thing by offering him that 2009 $10m option in the 1st place, and now the cheap -ss B'jays don't want to pay him by reducing his plate appearances?? That's just wrong.

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              • #8
                First triple in 6 years last night!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AlexC View Post
                  First triple in 6 years last night!
                  And rounding first base it's Thomas! It's the snail! It's the turtle! Heading into second it's the snail followed closely by Thomas and the turtle! Rounding second and heading for third... it's gonna be a photo finish I believe....
                  Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. - Yogi Berra

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