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Indians Claim Jim Thome on Waivers

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins looks on from the dugout while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 16,  2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 7-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins looks on from the dugout while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 7-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Indians have been awarded a waiver claim on Jim Thome. This does not mean the Indians have acquired him; they still have to work out a trade with the Twins, and Thome would have to waive his no-trade clause.

More from Rosenthal:

Thome, who holds a full no-trade clause, and can reject any deal. He prefers the Phillies to the Indians, one source said, but it’s doubtful he could circumvent the waiver process to land with Philadelphia.

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The only way for Thome to get to the Phillies would be if the Twins pulled him off trade waivers and placed him on release waivers. Thome could then reject every team that claims him but the Phillies.

Such a ploy, however, would require Thome to forfeit the rest of his salary, about $500,000. It also would require the cooperation of the Twins, who would receive nothing in return for their popular slugger.

UPDATE (7:55 PM): Still no confirmation that Thome has waived his no-trade clause, though Glenn Moore is saying that the trade has been completed.