Jim Thome is headed back to Cleveland. The trade was made official Thursday evening. The Indians acquired Thome for a player to be named later on Thursday.
"Jim Thome is a Hall of Fame-caliber player and person," said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. "He has meant so much to this organization - both on and off the field - and it is an honor to bring him back in an Indians uniform where he created so many great memories. Having his bat and presence in the middle of the lineup certainly improves our team"
Thome had to waive his no-trade clause in his contract in order for the Indians to have a chance to get him back.
Minnesota put the former Indians slugger on trade waivers on Monday. Most observers thought the Chicago White Sox, who would be ahead of the Tribe in the pecking order, would make claim Thome. However, Chicago claimed Thome's Twins teammate Jason Kubel, giving the Indians a chance to bring Thome back.
Thome is the Indians all-time home run leader with 334. He also hold the single-season record with 52, a record he set in his last year with the Indians in 2002.