I’ve got a source out of Oakland who filled me in on the latest buzz from the club recently.
Frank Thomas has told his agent, Arn Tellem, that he wants to join the A’s. Billy Beane holds all the cards here, as Thomas’s confusing medical reports have scared off all other suitors. Gambling on Thomas’s health is another example of Beane snagging a player undervalued in the market.
Word is that the A’s really don’t want to go to arbitration with Milton Bradley. Bradley’s due for a sizeable raise from the $2.5MM he made in 2005, and he’s using his leverage to milk the team for some extra bucks.
He’s no longer an Athletic, but the word is that Octavio Dotel’s medical records indicate that he only has one or two years left in baseball due to some possible shoulder problems. Dotel also had Tommy John surgery in June 2005.