I know it's unlikely, but it's more realistic than getting Miguel Cabrera to the A's. Thomas is the prototypical A's hitter and DH, when healthy (OPS .905 last season). Thomas would not have a regular job at Sox, but would get the full-time DH at Oakland for at least a year. yes, he is 37, but he can still rake. Anyway, he will not be cheap like Hatty, but signing the "Big Hurt" would be an indication that the new management is willing to open their wallet occasionally for a short-term hole in the roster.