Per details of the contract, Thomas will receive $10 million in 2007, and $8 million in 2008. If makes 1,050 plate appearances over the first two years of the contract, or 525 in the second year of the deal, he will trigger the option for the 2009 season – which will be worth $10 million.
The 38-year-old batted .270 for the Athletics last season with 39 home runs and 114 runs batted in.
“Frank’s a guy we’ve always liked,” General Manager J.P. Ricciardi said Friday afternoon in a conference call with reporters. “We saw our chance to define the role of the designated hitter in our lineup, and I didn’t see any disadvantage to adding him to the lineup.”
Thomas, 38, spent the 2006 season with the Oakland Athletics batting .270 with 11 doubles, 39 home runs and 114 RBI. The 6-5, 275 lb. right-handed hitter posted a .381 on-base percentage after drawing 81 walks while striking out 81 times. He was selected as the AL Comeback Player of the Year by the MLB Players Association.
In 17 Major League seasons, "The Big Hurt" has posted a .305 batting average with 458 doubles, 1,579 RBI and is currently 13 home runs shy of 500. Thomas currently ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball history with 487 home runs and is third among active players trailing only Barry Bonds (734) and Ken Griffey (563). He also ranks 14th in walks (1547), 33rd in RBI (1579), 35th in extra base hits (956) & 57th in total bases (4,203). The two-time MVP has posted a career slugging percentage of .566 and an on-base percentage of .424.
In Major League history only five players with at least 2,000 games played exceed his batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.424) and slugging percentage (.566). They are Jimmie Foxx (.325/.428/.609), Lou Gehrig (.340/.447/.632), Rogers Hornsby (.358/.434/.577), Babe Ruth (.342/.474/.690) and Ted Williams (.344/.482/.634). Thomas is one of only ten players in Major League history with a .300 batting average, 400 home runs, 1,000 RBI, 1,000 runs scored and 1,000 walks.
Thomas has appeared in 16 playoff games posting a .224 average with three home runs, five RBI and an on-base percentage of .441 while playing for the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.
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