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Thome's a Phillie Again: Report

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    It looks like one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history is going to be putting the red pinstripes once again.

    Jim Thome -- slugger of 604 career homers -- is rejoining the Phils on a one-year deal, MLB.com reported Friday night.

    The deal is likely pending a physical.

    Thome, 41, hit 96 homers while knocking in 266 runs from 2003 to 2005.

    The Phillies shipped Thome to the White Sox after Ryan Howard emerged as the Phillies first baseman of the future.

    Ironically, Thome could possibly replace Howard as the Phillies first baseman recovers from an Achilles injury.

    But, it isn't clear if Thome can even play the field anymore. He spent most of the past six seasons (except for a short stint with the Dodgers) as a designated hitter in the American League.

    With the Phillies, he could possibly serve as a Matt Stairs-like lefty slugger off the bench.

    Thome's long-time relationship with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel likely played a role in the veteran wanting to play in Philly despite the lack of a DH.