OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Big Hurt is returning to the West Coast.
The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms today with designated hitter Frank Thomas, who was released Sunday by the Toronto Blue Jays to become a free agent after becoming disgruntled about his playing time.
Oakland general manager Billy Beane said the club is looking to boost its power numbers.
The 39-year-old ex-Auburn standout will get the vast majority of his $8 million salary this year from the Blue Jays.
He is hitless in his past 13 at-bats and had gone 4-for-35 since homering in three straight games April 5-8. Known as a slow starter, he batted .167 with three homers and 11 RBIs for Toronto this year.
Thomas left Oakland after the A's 2006 AL championship series season, signing a $18.12 million, two-year contract with Toronto.
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