Jim Thome To Sign With Phillies

Saturday November 5th, 2011

Legendary slugger Jim Thome and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract, according to the team's website. Thome spent three years with the Phillies from '03-'05.

Details of the deal were not disclosed, but the expectation is that the deal will be low-risk from Philadelphia's perspective. Thome has been in the American League for the majority of his career, and he has made only one appearance as a defensive player since 2007. Plus, the Phillies already have a left-handed, power-hitting first baseman in Ryan Howard. Still, Thome is in select company in terms of power numbers. He is one of only eight players to have 600 homeruns in his career. He currently ranks eighth all time, but is six homers away from passing Sammy Sosa.

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