Fantasy Owners Find “Big Hurt” In Frank Thomas’ Release
If fantasy baseball GM’s were looking for a reason to cut a 500 homerun hitter and future Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas has provided them the perfect opportunity…
He was released Sunday by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The public reason for the Big Hurt’s split with the Jays has to do with proposed reduced playing time. Thomas would have been demoted from an everyday starter to at-bats only two or three times a week. No fantasy owner wants to hear that a slugger who can deliver over 25 homeruns and 100 RBI when playing everyday will be reduced to 12 at-bats per week.
There’s no doubt that Thomas will join another AL-team shortly, likely with a team in the AL West. MLB Trade Rumors says the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays might have interest. Thomas had an MVP-caliber season with Oakland in 2006, so returning to the A’s might be a good fit. It would seem likely that the Anaheim Angels might also have interest in adding another power bat to their lineup.
Fantasy owners probably won’t have to wait long for Thomas to be picked up. While he can be a clubhouse problem, the Big Hurt will be cheaper and less of a distraction than Barry Bonds.
Fantasy baseball owners should cut ties with Thomas until he resurfaces. Once the Big Hurt is resigned, watch for him to hit his groove as the weather warms in June.