A friend of mine was in Vegas last weekend and ran into Frank Thomas. After chopping it up briefly, he asked Frank if he was going to sign with the A's.
Thomas replied "I hope so."
Take it for what it's worth. I read it as a consummate professional telling an A's fan what he wanted to hear, but I still thought it was interesting.
Perhaps Beane lowballed Thomas and he's waiting for a higher price from Beane or another club? Perhaps Beane folded his hand after he picked up Bradley?
Or, perhaps he wanted to get back to his card game. We'll see if Beane has anything for him on the river.