Jim Thome‘s completed the cycle. The first baseman/designated who turns 41 Sunday will be with team he started his career with 20 years ago.
Thome waived his no-trade clause to accept a deal to Cleveland. The Indians had claimed him on waivers Wednesday and had 48 hours to reach a deal with the Twins (Minnesota could’ve simply let him walk had a deal not been reached). Minnesota will get a player to be named later in the deal.
Thome, his first 12 years with Cleveland. He then went on to play for the Phillies (2003-05), White
Sox (2006-2009) and Dodgers (2009) before signing on with the Twins before the 2010 campaign. He had recently hinted he’d welcome a return to the Tribe.
Thome will likely take the place of DH Travis Hafner, who’s foot problem could keep him out of the rest of the year. But Thome isn’t expected to play everyday, according to Cleveland GM Chris Antonetti.
“We will have to manage his playing time,” Antonetti told the AP. “He’s certainly not an everyday player at this point. We’ll work with Jim on this. We’d like to have him out there to impact the team as often as we can. Every game for the team is meaningful. We are trying to win as many games as possible and we’ll see where that takes us.”
Cleveland started the year out strong but is now 6.5 games back of the Tigers in the AL Central and 14.5 games out of the wild card. The team has been in the middle of the pack offensively all year.