Kubel Claimed By Indians, Not White Sox

FRIDAY, 7:31pm: The Indians were awarded the claim on Kubel, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com (via Twitter).  However, the 48 hour window for the two sides to work out a deal has passed.

3:44pm: The White Sox did not actually claim Kubel, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter).

THURSDAY: The Indians were awarded the claim on Thome, while the White Sox were awarded the claim on Kubel, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports. Thome has a full-no trade clause and would prefer to play for the Phillies, according to Rosenthal. It's unlikely that the Twins will move Kubel, Rosenthal reports. The sides have discussed a possible extension.

WEDNESDAY: The Twins' Jim Thome and Jason Kubel have been claimed on waivers , tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  The teams involved now have 48 hours to make a deal.

We learned earlier that the White Sox were one of the teams to place a claim on Thome.  Olney has spoken to executives who expected the White Sox, Indians, Rangers, or Yankees to win a claim on Kubel.

If multiple teams make a claim on one player, the team with the worst record in the same league is awarded the claim.


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56 Comments on "Kubel Claimed By Indians, Not White Sox"


*Jays_44*
4 years 8 days ago

Bell and jays?

Coollet
4 years 8 days ago

Save us Jeebus,… i mean, Save us AA

4 years 8 days ago

I think it’s a good possibility.  Jays were going to be in on him big time in the offseason.  Would solve their problem at the CL position.

Bluebirdz
4 years 8 days ago

I don’t think they’re gonna go with Heath bell, probably an in house option or papelbon, not bell

4 years 8 days ago

Yeah, but they have SOME money, and haven’t made a splash in the offseason in a few years really..we’ll see what AA decides to do. Very smart guy.

4 years 7 days ago

really doubt they are going to be willing to pay what papelbon is looking for. I’m not sure anyone is going to be willing ot pay.

4 years 7 days ago

Heath Bell whose effectiveness/dominance seems to be declining? I would be surprised.

4 years 8 days ago

I REALLY hope the Indians got the claim on Thome.  Good way to end his career!

Chiburgh
4 years 8 days ago

It would be a good ending to his career.
Plus, I don’t really see a benefit for the White Sox to claim Thome other than to block the Indians from getting him. You aren’t going to take Konerko’s bat out of the line-up. While Paulie is in the DH role, do you really want Thome playing 1st. You would have Dunn part II

Cliff Lee
4 years 8 days ago

Alright that just plain hurts. I KNOW I can field better than ol’ Jimbo.

Chiburgh
4 years 8 days ago

So, there is no reason to trade for Jimbo. If Dunn is going to play 1st, while Paulie is DH, then Jim sits on the bench.

Vegandork
4 years 8 days ago

Stopping the Indians and Tigers from claiming him is reason enough.  Just because they were awarded the claim doesn’t mean he’s going to Chicago.  The Twins could pull him back if Chicago doesn’t want to give anything up for him.

4 years 7 days ago

that’s true  that just shocked me a little that the twins would do that
hey that could possibly eliminate another sox killer from killing us

shysox
4 years 8 days ago

Thome will never be a position player in his life again. This makes no sense, the Sox have no chance at the postseason and Ozzie seems to like Dunn’s BA anyways.

Vegandork
4 years 8 days ago

Well, the White Sox have a worse record, and apparently they claimed him.  So there’s no chance the Tribe will get a crack at him.

4 years 7 days ago

And the Indians have the right to trade for him!

4 years 8 days ago

The Jays have NO shot at Bell… he won’t get out of the NL on waivers.  St. Louis, Dbacks, Braves (to block Philly from getting him)  and the Giants all could use him.

4 years 8 days ago

But none of those teams are going to give up what SD wants for him.  Or maybe they’ll take lesser prospects KNOWING he would come back.  But then again, that’d require losing their first round pick next year..

4 years 8 days ago

The Giants claimed him…. 

Josh Stuart
4 years 8 days ago

I’d bet AA is claiming anyone who would return type A or B compensation picks. 

4 years 8 days ago

I don’t understand how an all star, a future HOF’er, and a pretty solid outfielder all end up on waivers. 

4 years 8 days ago

All have one year left on there deals and both teams are going nowhere. Try and save $ and get prospects in return. That’s pretty simple to understand.

4 years 7 days ago

Because the the team owning the player does not HAVE to trade them.  They could easily just pull them back off waivers if they don’t like the deal.  Teams are in complete control over that situation and at the very worst, they keep their guy.  Simple. It’s almost counterproductive NOT to place good players with either large contracts or soon to be free agents on waivers. 

4 years 6 days ago

most teams put a lot of their players on waivers mainly as a way to find out interest in those players

4 years 6 days ago

most teams put a lot of their players on waivers mainly as a way to find out interest in those players

Mwphillies
4 years 8 days ago

Phillies better get thome

4 years 8 days ago

The Phillies were the one least likely to claim him, unless he had passed through waivers of course. 

Mwphillies
4 years 8 days ago

Yeah but I just want him on the phillies

Eduardo Medina
4 years 8 days ago

The Angels claim Kubel…

Vegandork
4 years 8 days ago

Yahoo sports via Big League Stew is reporting the White Sox won the claims on both Kubel and Thome.

4 years 8 days ago

Just because a player is on waivers doesn’t mean that a team necessarily wants to move them.  In the case of Thome I think its about giving the man a shot to win a title.  Not sure what Bill Smith is planning on doing with Kubel, but I’m sure its not good.  I think the Twins will end up releasing Thome and either the Phillies or Yankees sign him.  I don’t see the Twins sending him to the White Sox…why, for either team AND for Jim??  He played there for 3.5 years and Ozzie didn’t want him back.

Vegandork
4 years 8 days ago

They’d have to place him on irrevocable waivers first to release him, which would still mean he gets claimed.

And the “why” probably has more to do with preventing the Indians and Tigers from improving.

Phillies_Aces35
4 years 7 days ago

He has a no trade so it doesn’t matter if he gets claimed.

MiggyCabby24
4 years 7 days ago

The Tigers just claimed Delmon Young a week ago, why would they need Kubel??

4 years 8 days ago

good point about the “why”…didn’t think about that

4 years 7 days ago

I would be STUNNED if the Twins traded Kubel to the White Sox!

geauxbraves2000
4 years 7 days ago

“Thome has a full-no trade clause and would prefer to play for the Phillies, according to Rosenthal” — Yeah, who wouldn’t prefer the Phillies right now, as good as they are @ 83-45 and well on their way to the postseason, that is a no-brainer.

4 years 7 days ago

Unless he gets a really good return for Kubel, I seriously hope Bill Smith doesn’t trade him. 

Christopher David
4 years 7 days ago

Pull Thome back, release him, and let Ruben Amaro Jr. bring him home.

4 years 7 days ago

I’d do that if I was the Twins FO.

Palehose
4 years 7 days ago

Irrevocable waivers would have to take effect. Same difference.

Phillies_Aces35
4 years 7 days ago

It would be just as easy for Jim Thome to reject the trade to the Indians and become a free agent himself by sacraficing his salary.

Seriously, why would he spend his last year (most likely) with the Indians. They’re not going to make it to the post season… I can’t see a good reason to accept a deal there.

4 years 7 days ago

Thome left the Indians for the Phillies for a couple extra years with the same monetary offer per year. His crap about not wanting to leave Cleveland is a joke. It was his choice. He sucks anyway. Thats what the Indians need right now, another sub .250 hitter to take up payroll.

4 years 7 days ago

ya, an .842 ops is not really crap, but I guess if you are judging based on BA then that will probably not move you.

4 years 7 days ago

Ouch.  I mean, that seems to be 20 years ago.  But it would be a great ending to his career…

venom4789
4 years 7 days ago

 cleveland lowballed thome really bad, they claimed they offered him a contract with a hometown discount. The contract they offered him was flat out offensive. However they did it to try to make thome look like the bad guy by not taking a hometown discount.

Cleveland fans are trash, constantly booing thome because they are stupid and uneducated. I hope he doesnt go back there and if he does he single handily takes them out of the race.

0vercast
4 years 7 days ago

For the Twins to trade good young outfielders Young and Kubel to their division rivals would be a very stupid move.  That’s exactly why it’s likely to happen.

Matt Galvin
4 years 7 days ago

White Sox have their own Outfielders to Trade like Pierre and so on so need for Kubel and White Sox have no chance of making the Playoffs in the present Playoff format this year.

Darin Clouse
4 years 6 days ago

I heard the Royals claimed him…

4 years 6 days ago

Looks like Kenny was rightfully POed for once.

Matt Galvin
4 years 6 days ago

Angels or Rangers or Red Sox because really no good backup intill Drew gets back.