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The Big Unemployed?
2008-04-20 08:42
by Bob Timmermann

TSN of Canada is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have released designated hitter Frank Thomas. Thomas complained to the media yesterday after being benched in favor of Matt Stairs. Thomas was batting .167 with 3 home runs in 60 at bats.

No word if David Ortiz (.141 with 2 home runs) has decided to just keep quiet too.

(From the Dodger Thoughts comments)

UPDATE - A followup story says that the release came by mutual consent of Thomas and the Blue Jays.

2008-04-20 09:32:48
1.   das411
and John Gibbons strikes again!
2008-04-20 17:19:37
2.   Raf
Given what I've seen, I'm not sure where the 2009 option angle fits into it. I could understand if it were a couple of months into the season, or if Thomas had accumulated enough plate appearances to where he was close to having the option vested.
2008-04-20 19:37:24
3.   De Ruijter
But if the Jays were relaly concerned about the 10 million dollars, then it's best to release Thomas now. By releasing him now, they could claim that his lack of production was the reason that they released him. If they waited until the optino was about to kick in, it would've probably provoked a union complaint, especially if he was heating up.
2008-04-20 21:33:52
4.   Cliff Corcoran
What's amazing to me about this is that Thomas was "benched" for one game (Saturday's) and had played all but one other game on the season through Friday. He was also hitting .167.
2008-04-21 05:00:25
5.   Raf
3 If it were about the money, wouldn't it have been better to cut him during ST? At the very least try to get something for him in a salary dump? Slow start or no, I would think they could've gotten something for him; bp arm, minor league fodder, cash considerations.

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