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  • digglahhh
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    Originally posted by wardawg View Post
    I think whoever signs Thomas is going to get a great deal. The guy has some issues to prove that the Blue Jays were wrong. He is going to be very motivated.
    Not trying to pick on you, but I always find it curious when comments like this are made. They basically imply that Thomas was not sufficiently, or optimally motivated when with the Jays. Those who lack sufficient motivation to succeed at the highest possible level in their field are siphoned off long before that level. I just assume high level of motivation is a constant for all professional athletes, and then when performance levels surge or drop, motivation ranks on the D-list of explanations thereof.

    I guess I could be wrong though...

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  • Evangelion
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    Bonds could be signed and play LF. Thomas and Bonds can rotate in the DH spot. Bonds can play LF. Neither play will play every day, but you'll have high OBP players and quite a dangerous lineup for nearly nothing. The Blue Jays mainly paying Thomas to play for A's. At this point, Bonds' asking price should have decreased. Still, I'm curious if the Barry Bonds' baggage is just that bad for teams to avoid a player who's quite productive for his age last season.

    I do see Cust and Sweeney on their way out with Thomas signing.

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  • John Shoemaker
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    A's sign Frank Thomas - good for them - bad for the rest of the AL West.

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  • Zito75
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    Originally posted by mtortolero View Post
    I think A´s are looking more power of his DH plattoon they have and Mike Sweeney looks as a single hitter right now.
    He'll probably platoon at 1B with Barton... Look for Sweeney to get traded in the next few weeks.

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  • Zito75
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    Originally posted by slugger33 View Post
    What happened to Cust?
    Cust will take over in LF until he's either traded or designated for assigment. The A's also Rajah Davis and he might get some time in LF or CF as well.

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  • mtortolero
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    I think A´s are looking more power of his DH plattoon they have and Mike Sweeney looks as a single hitter right now.

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  • Honus Wagner Rules
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    Originally posted by slugger33 View Post
    What happened to Cust?
    He's hitting .161 with a .250 slugging precentage. However, he does have a .373 OBP thanks to 18 walks.

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  • KCGHOST
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    Signing Thomas for $337K is a great baseball bargain. But the truth of the matter is, forgetting the money, Barry Lamar is much the better hitter and can even shuffle onto the field to play LF occasionally (at least at the Emil Brown level).

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  • SamtheBravesFan
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3365079

    A's signed Thomas. Who saw that coming?

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  • slugger33
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    What happened to Cust?

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  • wardawg
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    I think whoever signs Thomas is going to get a great deal. The guy has some issues to prove that the Blue Jays were wrong. He is going to be very motivated.

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  • Jermz
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    That's not a bad debate though. As a GM or manager of a ballclub, who would you take if you needed a DH? Would you go for Barry Bonds or Frank Thomas?

    For me, Frank seems like a better guy all around, and I know he can still pound the ball. He would definitely be better for the clubhouse and he is more well-liked.

    But I am pretty sure Barry would still be able to put up 25 HR's and draw 100 walks while hitting .300...so he may still be more valuable.

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  • west coast orange and black
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    ^^
    bonds is free + clear of all court dates for this season; it is not an issue.

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  • mtortolero
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    Originally posted by KCGHOST View Post
    Barry Lamar is better and is available.
    But Thomas will cost almost nothing and will add some righthand power bat to that power-dead lineup. An Barry is still is suspense mode regarding his legal problems.

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  • KCGHOST
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    Barry Lamar is better and is available.

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