MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday night that slugger Jim Thome has been traded to the Cleveland Indians, ending the designated hitter’s stint with the Twins just short of two full seasons.
Thome was traded for a player to be named later and he is expected to be in Cleveland for the Indians’ game Friday night.I
t’s a tough blow for the Twins, who recently celebrated Thome’s 600th career home run. He is the eighth player in MLB history to reach that milestone.
The Twins fell to 20 games below .500 on the season after Thursday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles and are out of the playoff picture at this point. Thome quickly became a fan favorite because of his humble approach to baseball and his ability to hit towering home runs.
Thome hit 12 home runs in 71 games as the Twins designated hitter this season and batted .243. The Twins put Thome on waivers earlier this week, and teams had two days to put in a claim on the waiver. The Indians, who still have a chance to catch Detroit for the AL Central Division title, put in a claim. But Thome had to agree to drop a full no-trade clause in his contract, and by Thursday night he agreed to the move.
Earlier this month, the Twins traded Delmon Young to the Detroit Tigers for a minor league pitcher and another prospect.