Thome returning to Phillies

Jim Thome has signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. (Mark Duncan/AP Photo)

It was no secret that Jim Thome wanted to return to Philadelphia last year at the trade deadline in an effort to win a World Series title because it is the one thing he has not been able to do during his illustrious career.

Instead, he ended up going from the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians and took a final bow in the place where his career started.

Now, the 41-year-old slugger is going to get his shot at the title with the Phillies.

A baseball source confirmed a story on the team's web site Friday night that Thome has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies.

Thome, who hit his 600th career home run last season with the Twins, will provide the Phillies with a left-handed bat off the bench and could see some significant time at first base early in the season while his former replacement Ryan Howard recovers from the Achilles' tendon surgery he had last month.

The exact timetable for Howard's return is unknown. Thome, for the record, has only played 28 innings in the field since leaving Philadelphia in a trade with the Chicago White Sox after the 2005 season.

You can read more about Thome's return in Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer.