I'm stoked. Anyone who thinks this is a bad move is retarded. Its a one year deal which means they got him dirt cheap. They'll platoon him and Mayberry, Jr. at first until Howard is back to playing every day then they'll probably platoon Thome and Howard at the position just to be safe. The man has 600+ career home runs and is still a valuable threat at the plate. I welcome him with open arms.
Also, don't be surprised if Ibanez stays for cheap. He's insane if he wants to end his career somewhere else. He had a solid 2011 season and to be honest I'd be more comfortable with him and Mayberry playing left.