It’s after midnight and I’m about to hit the sack, but I thought I should at leats post something short on here about the Frank Thomas signing. ESPN.com first reported that the Jays were close to inking the Big Hurt to a multi-deal worth upwards of $30 million. Later, Foxsports.com reported that it was a two-year deal worth $20-23 million with a club option for a third year.
I made a few calls and got in touch with a club source who said the report was more than a simple rumor, but they wouldn’t confirm nor deny that a deal was close to being reached. The Fan590 cited a different source that did confirm the report. Basically, it appears as though Thomas will be Toronto’s DH next summer.
This could signal the end of Frank Catalanotto’s tenure with the Jays. If re-signed, he would’ve had a bulk of the playing time at DH. This also brings to question whether or not Toronto will bring rookie Adam Lind up at the start of next season. With Thomas as the DH, and Reed Johnson in left field, Lind would be on the bench. The Jays might want him to keep getting experience with regular playing time, which could mean he’d start at Triple-A.
I’m sure we’ll all learn more tomorrow. Also, here’s a story I filed after a lenghty conversation with Ted Lilly’s agent, Larry O’Brien. Goodnight, all.