Waiver Notes: Thome, Kubel, Bell

Earlier this evening the Indians worked out a deal with the Twins to bring Jim Thome back to the Tribe.  Here are some thoughts on the deal plus news on other waived players..

  • Tribe GM Chris Antonetti says that the Twins have "a relatively narrow list of players" to choose from by the October 15th deadline, tweets Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
  • The reason why the White Sox didn't block Thome from going to the Indians was that they had no playing time for him with Paul Konerko limited to DH, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter) thinks that the White Sox should have put a claim in on Thome anyway.  After all, he points out, they claimed Jason Kubel for the same reason.
  • Speaking of Kubel, the Twins outfielder says that the rumors have weighed on him and he's looking forward to having a definite answer on the matter, according to the Associated Press.  Based on what White Sox GM Ken Williams said earlier today, it doesn't sound as though he'll be changing teams.
  • As of right now, it looks like a Heath Bell deal between the Padres and Giants isn't going to happen, tweets Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. There are no serious talks taking place, if there are any talks at all.

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