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BREAKING: Cleveland Indians Place Claim on Jim Thome

The Cleveland Indians have placed a wavier claim on slugger and former Indian Jim Thome, currently playing for the Minnesota Twins.

The source of this has come from Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer;

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Thome who left the Indians in 2002 for the Philadelphia Phillies now has the chance to come back and play for the team he started his career with.  Thome who is 40 is hitting .256/.365/.503 with 12 homers in 230 plate appearances this year does have a full no-trade clause.  Thome is not far from Type B status so if he continues to produce there could be a shot the Twins will get a draft pick.  Also, Thome is only receiving $610K plus incentives so salary will not pose a problem.

Update: 5:56 EST August 25

The following is from [MLB Trade Rumors]:

A deal to bring veteran slugger Jim Thome back to the Indians is nearly complete according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100.  The Twins placed Thome on waviers on Monday afternoon and yesterday we learned that the Tribe had the winning claim.

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Update: 7:10 EST Buster Olney commented on twitter:

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