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Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 4:33 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Jim Thome spent three seasons in Philadelphia and now he's headed back for one more. He has agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies, the team announced Saturday. The contract is worth $1.25 million.

One would expect Thome's role to simply be a left-handed power bat off the bench, as he hasn't played more than a three games in the field in a season since 2005. General manager Ruben Amaro said as much after the signing:

“We’re very happy to be able to bring Jim back to Philadelphia at this point in his career,” said Amaro in a statement.  “He will be an option for Charlie to use off the bench each night and brings a great attitude to the ballpark every day.”

Other than a symbolic appearance at third base to end the 2011 season, he's been either a designated hitter or pinch hitter since 2007.

The interesting thing here is that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is recovering from surgery that repaired his torn Achilles tendon shortly after the Phillies lost to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS (Howard suffered the injury on the final out). Reports have indicated Howard could make it back by opening day but he's going to have to avoid any setbacks and that the timetable still seems pretty aggressive. So perhaps the Phillies try to use Thome at first in the early weeks of the season? It all depends on how much they want his bat in the lineup in comparison with how much defense they're willing to sacrifice. Thome has said that he's going to come prepared to play defense when he reports to camp this spring.

Thome, 41, became just the eighth man in baseball history to slug at least 600 career home runs when he hit No. 600 this past season as a member of the Twins. He was then traded to the Indians -- where he began his career -- in late August. Thome was with the Phillies from 2003-05, but he was only the full-time starter for the first two years. By the third year, Howard had taken over as the starter at first base as Thome battled injuries -- clearing the way for the Phillies to trade Thome to the White Sox after the season. Still, Thome definitely likes the organization.

"Every player sees the way the Phillies have done things," Thome said. "They've set the bar very, very high."

And his relationship with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is really solid.

"Everyone knows my relationship with Jimmy," Manuel said. "But he's not here because of that. He's here to contribute to our team in a positive way, both on and off the field."

The 2012 season will be the 22nd of Thome's illustrious career. He played in the World Series in 1995 and 1997, but still doesn't have a ring. Winning the World Series would seem to fill the only void left in Thome's career.

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:13 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:47 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

That is of course if Howard isn't ready on opening day.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:46 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Very low risk move.Thome at this stage is a poor mans Ryan Howard.When Howard returns you basically just get better defensively and add some power.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:04 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Thome and the Phillies have a love-hate relationship. Several times the Phillies have traded Thome away only to sign him back only to trade him away again. This sounds like a Brett Favre retirement/unretirement Groundhog Day-type of situation. When will it ever end? Why would Thome sign with the Phillies...they are going nowhere fast! As for Thome..the guy cannot hit, cannot field, but is good for moral and emotional support. He will be a glorified benchwarmer....oh wait! He already is!

Are you really that dumb lumpoco?  Jim Thome was a free agent the 1st time he became a Philadelphia Phillie.  He then was traded to the Chicago White Sox.  Where do you get the love hate relationship thing?  There are no several times involved with Thome and the Phillies.  This will be the 2nd time he is a member of the Phillies.  A really silly signing by the Phillies, but only the 2nd time.  Not Several times.  Love to know what you are smoking.  I would like some!



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:59 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Looks like he's doing a little reunion tour... White Sox next, Dodgers, then Twins and he'll have played for them all twice



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:53 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

 As a Twins fan I would loved to have seen him back with us.  He was with the Twins for less than 2 years, and he feels like family.  That is how this great man makes you feel!  He has more class than any pro athelete I can think of.  Good luck Jim, I will never forget your stop in Minnesota.  At the very least pass Steroid Sosa on the HR list!  Good luck!


brian8ball
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Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:37 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:10 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Thome and the Phillies have a love-hate relationship. Several times the Phillies have traded Thome away only to sign him back only to trade him away again. This sounds like a Brett Favre retirement/unretirement Groundhog Day-type of situation. When will it ever end? Why would Thome sign with the Phillies...they are going nowhere fast! As for Thome..the guy cannot hit, cannot field, but is good for moral and emotional support. He will be a glorified benchwarmer....oh wait! He already is!



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:09 am
 

Report: Jim Thome signs with Phillies

Nice coming from a JETS fan and even nicer that even though we choke...Least we dont Gag during the season like the NY Mets.



brian8ball
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Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:34 pm
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