Indians legend, 600-homer-club member and renowned nice-guy Jim Thome is headed back to Cleveland. Thome played for the Twins this season but with the club suffering through a miserable season, the slugger was placed on waivers Monday and the Indians put in a claim.
Thome had to waive a no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate the move and he did. On Thursday, the teams agreed to a deal that will send Thome back to the city where he spent the first 12 years of his big league career in exchange for a player to be named later. Thome is the Indians’ all-time homer leader with 334.
At age 40, Thome isn’t an everyday player anymore, not even at DH. But he will finish out his current 1-year/$3M contract with a team that is in contention for the AL Central crown and a playoff berth. That price, plus Thome’s penchant for hitting the ball out of the yard, makes the deal a boon to Cleveland. With Minnesota 16 games back of the first-place Tigers, it’s a gracious move to send Thome back to the scene of so much glory while the Indians try to close their own 6.5-game gap with Detroit.
The two teams have until October 15 to determine the PTBNL.