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Updated: August 25th, 2011 5:02pm
Goodbye, Jim? Twins appear close to dealing Thome to Indians

Goodbye, Jim? Twins appear close to dealing Thome to Indians

by Phil Mackey
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The Jim Thome era appears to have come to an end in Minnesota.

Multiple reports late Thursday said the 40-year-old slugger waived his no-trade clause when he was informed the Twins had reached an agreement on a trade with the Cleveland Indians.

Subsequent reports from ESPN and the Associated Press said a deal has not yet been completed. But a major-league source indicated a deal likely would be done by the end of Thursday night.

It was unclear what the Twins would receive in return.

Finishing a deal on Thursday likely would put Thome in an Indians uniform on Friday night, when they host the Kansas City Royals. The Indians currently sit 6½ games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

Thome began his career in 1991 with Cleveland, where he wound up hitting 334 home runs in 12 seasons until signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2002.

In nearly two full seasons with the Twins, Thome has hit 37 home runs -- including career No. 600 -- and helped lead the team to a division title in 2010.

In perhaps his final game with the Twins on Thursday, Thome went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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