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Updated: August 25th, 2011 8:52pm
It's official: Twins trade Jim Thome to Indians for player to be named

It's official: Twins trade Jim Thome to Indians for player to be named

by Tom Pelissero
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Jim Thome is headed to Cleveland.

The Minnesota Twins announced on Thursday night they have traded the veteran slugger to the Indians for a player to be named later.

Thome, who turns 41 on Saturday, had to waive his no-trade clause to accept the deal.

By doing so, he reunited with the team that selected him in the 13th round of the 1989 entry draft. Thome played for the Indians from 1991 to 2002, collecting the first 334 of his 601 career home runs.

"He had a no-trade clause, and he's earned the right to make this decision," Twins general manager Bill Smith told 1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey. "... It wasn't an easy decision for him, and I think there was a lot that went into it. But we wanted to do the right thing for him."

Thome appeared in 179 games over parts of two seasons with the Twins, hitting .266 (128-for-482) with 37 home runs -- including No. 600 on Aug. 15 at Detroit -- 28 doubles and 99 runs batted in. Smith called him "the ultimate professional."

The Indians, who are 6½ games back of first-place Detroit in the American League Central Division standings, visit Target Field for three games Sept. 16 to 18.

The player the Twins receive in the trade will be finalized by Oct. 15, the team said. They'll finalize the open spot on the 25-man roster before Friday's series opener against Detroit.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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