Phillies Sign Thome

First baseman Jim Thome agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Thome, 41, hit .256 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in a combined 93 games between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians last season. He batted .350 (14-40) with runners in scoring position and posted a .424 (14-33) average in his final 11 games.

"We're very happy to be able to bring Jim back to Philadelphia at this point in his career," said Amaro. "He will be an option for Charlie to use off the bench each night and brings a great attitude to the ballpark every day."

This will be Thome's second stint with the Phillies, having previously played three seasons with the club from 2003-05, after being signed as a free agent in December of 2002. During that time, he hit .260 with 96 home runs and 266 RBI. His 89 home runs over his first two seasons with the Phillies were tied for second-most in baseball, behind only Barry Bonds (90).

"Everyone knows my relationship with Jimmy," said Manager Charlie Manuel. "But he's not here because of that. He's here to contribute to our team in a positive way, both on and off the field."

In 21 major league seasons, Thome has batted .277 with 604 home runs and 1,674 RBI in 2,485 games with Cleveland (1991-2002; 2011), Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox (2006-09), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009) and Minnesota Twins (2010-11). In 144 career games as a pinch-hitter, Thome has hit .233 (28-120) with four home runs and 14 RBI, including .231 (31-13) this past season.

Thome currently ranks second among active players in home runs, trailing Alex Rodriguez (629), and eighth all-time. He has the unique distinction of hitting his 300th (Cleveland), 400th (Philadelphia), 500th (Chicago) and 600th (Minnesota) home runs for different clubs.

Thome has played in 67 career postseason games, including two World Series, with four different teams and ranks third among active players with 17 career postseason home runs. Only Derek Jeter (20) and Albert Pujols (18) have more.