Jim Thome is now a two-time former Cleveland Indians slugger after reportedly agreeing to return to the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year deal.
At age 41, Thome recently wrapped up his 21st season in the big leagues where it began after a mid-season trade sent him back to the Cleveland Indians. But the popular slugger will not finish his career, which includes 604 home runs and counting, where it started. Instead, Thome will sign a one-year, $1.25 million contract, pending a physical, in an effort to secure a World Series ring before calling it a career.
The Phillies were favorites to win the National League pennant this year before their surprising elimination by the St. Louis Cardinals in the division series. Thome played for the Phillies from 2002 through 2005 and will be reunited with manager Charlie Manuel.
It will be interesting to see what role Thome plays with the Phillies since he has only been a designated hitter the past few seasons, but he should have an opportunity to see plenty of action. Since Ryan Howard ended the season with a left Achilles injury that require surgery, Thome will be needed initially to play first base