This would be a great birthday present for Jim Thome

The Minnesota Twins have placed veteran slugger Jim Thome on waivers.

As reported by and confirmed by a source to ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, 40-year-old Thome, who last week became the eighth player to reach 600 home runs, has hit the waiver wire and is expected to attract interest from teams such as the Phillies and Indians.

The Phillies could really use a left-handed power bat off the bench and have until Aug. 31 to make a waiver deal that would make him eligible for the postseason roster.

Thome, who played for the Phillies from 2003 to 2005, has never won a World Series (though he lost two with the Indians).

Thome turns 41 on Aug. 27.