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Jim Thome Waives No-Trade Clause; Trade Likely

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UPDATE: The trade for Thome to the Indians is complete, according to Buster Olney, for a player to be named later.

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome has waived his no-trade to join the Cleveland Indians, if the two teams can agree on terms, according to Glenn Moore of Dugout Sport Show. Moore adds that the deal is almost complete to bring him to Cleveland. The Indians claimed Thome earlier today in attempt to bring the former slugger back to Cleveland.

If dealt, the Indians can use Jim Thome as the everyday designated hitter with Travis Hafner on the disabled list and most likely out for the remainder of this year. More importantly, Thome can help the Indians who will need to make up 6.5 games to catch the Tigers with only 35 games remaining on their schedule.

Thome, 40, is hitting .248/.357/.485 with 12 homers on the year in 238 plate appearances with the Twins. If he can get on a nice little hot stretch, he'll project as a Type B free agent.