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Sources: Athletics agree to deal with ThomasESPN.com news services

The Oakland Athletics and longtime Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas have agreed to a deal, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney on Wednesday.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS

GM HR RBI R OBP AVG

34 12 26 19 .315 .219

Thomas is expected to sign a one-year contract.

The White Sox refused to offer salary arbitration to the two-time American League MVP last month.

Chicago's decision to let Thomas go was not a surprise. The White Sox re-signed first baseman Paul Konerko, agreeing to a $60 million, five-year contract, and acquired Jim Thome, who figures to become the designated hitter, in a swap with Philadelphia for center fielder Aaron Rowand.

Hobbled by leg injuries for the second straight season, the 37-year-old Thomas hit .219 with 12 homers and 26 RBI in 34 games. He started the season on the disabled list following surgery, played for the first time on May 31, then went back on the DL on July 21 with another left ankle fracture. He did not play again.

A five-time All-Star, he has a .307 career average with 448 homers and 1,465 RBI. He won consecutive MVP awards in 1993 and 1994.

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