Well, That’s Ironic
Several sources are reporting that Frank Thomas has signed with the Oakland A’s. Numbers have not been released (update: yep, they got him for a prorated league minimum) but this is probably going to look something like this:
2006: Billy Beane signs Thomas with zero risk, high reward and gets an MVP candidate.
2007: Ricciardi signs Thomas long term, big bucks, and gets a decent player with a slow start.
2008: Ricciardi pays Thomas another 8 million bucks just for the slow start this time.
2008: Billy Beane signs Thomas for the rest of the year with zero risk, and pretty much the same reward again.