The veteran star, who was mired in an early season slump, will be paid the full remainder of what he’s owed on his $8 million (U.S.) 2008 salary. He is now free to sign with another team. Rumoured favourites to procure his services include Seattle, Tampa Bay and Oakland.
The Big Hurt’s hasty exit came roughly 24 hours after another closed-door tête à tête. That’s when the struggling designated hitter was told by manager John Gibbons he was being benched for the foreseeable future.
This season, Thomas was hitting .167 with three home runs, but he didn’t take kindly to it when word got out on Saturday that he was being benched.
“I’m angry. I know I can help this team. My career isn’t going to end like this,” Thomas said before Saturday’s game against the Tigers. He dared the team to cut him.
Many people are speculating that this means that the Blue Jays may have room for another aging slugger, Barry Bonds. Assuming that Bonds doesn’t go to jail, that may be a good fit for them to replace the minimal production that Frank Thomas provided.
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