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Thome returning to Cleveland

By Sheldon Published: August 25, 2011

After putting in a waiver claim for Jim Thome earlier in the week, the Indians worked out a deal with the Twins to bring the prospective Hall of Fame slugger back to Cleveland.

Thome was dealt  to the Tribe for a player to be named on or before Oct. 15.

""They can pick from a relatively short list of players,'' General Manager Chris Antonetti said tonight.

Earlier this month, Thome became the eighth player in major-league history to hit 600 home runs. Since then, he has hit one more and is batting .243 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 206 at-bats.

Thome became a more important cog for the Tribe after Travis Hafner sustained an injury to his right foot and might be out for the rest of the season.

""We had some preliminary conversations with the Twins before Hafner got hurt,'' Antonetti said. ""Once Travis got hurt, Jim became more of a clear fit for us.''

For the first 12 years of his career, Thome was a stalwart in the middle of the Tribe lineup. Cleveland tried to keep him, but with free agency imminent, he signed with the Phillies before the 2003 season.

""I am genuinely hopeful that Jim is greeted with a standing ovation by our fans,'' Antonetti said. ""That's what he deserves.''


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