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.


12 Responses to Waiver Notes: Thome, Kubel, Bell Leave a Reply

  1. Not sure the situation with the claims for Kubel and Thome are all that alike. Kubel CAN play the field and would be of more use than Thome would have been. Overall I agree though. Unless you stick Kubel in left and throw Pierre in center it would be pretty pointless to go through with it. Let’s not experiment with Pierre in center…. 

    • disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

      De Aza deserves a shot in center.  Why not play him every day for the rest of 2011?
      If he works out, you can let Pierre leave and let De Aza start in left, leading off in 2012.

      • He has exceeded my expectations, that is for sure. Pierre isn’t doing BAD. I’ve seen bad out of JP. I don’t know what to make of the Sox roster anymore. Kubel is a good player, but not what we need right now. I just want this year to be over with. In honesty I would rather see the Sox in the position the Cubs are. Money coming off the table, new leadership, new manager (in all likelihood), and maybe new president. Not a slam to the Sox management or Ozzie… but what have we really accomplished since 2005? Pissed away Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Hudson, Chris Young, Gio Gonzalez, etc…. Ozzie went from not accepting mediocrity to swimming in it. 

  2. disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

    The White Sox don’t have room for Kubel.  They would have Quentin, Konerko, Dunn, Kubel, and in a few days Viciedo. There are only 3 spots in the order for 5 guys.
    I don’t think Kenny would waste a prospect for a 34 game rental of a pinch hitter.
    I also doubt the Twins are interested in helping the Sox improve their roster.

  3. White Sox would have room if they didn’t blow all their money on the likes of Rios, Peavy, Dunn, Jackson, Teahen, Pierre..

    You go, Kenny Williams!

  4. No Neck 4 years ago

    If the Giants intention was to block AZ, they obviously succeeded.  But I’m not sure Arizona would’ve made a trade for Bell even if they did win a claim. (Assuming they even claimed him in the first place.)

  5. SOXsideIrish 4 years ago

    Kenny Williams and the rest of the organization have a HUGE amount of respect for Thome, which is why they didn’t claim him Buster Onley. Everyone in Chicago wants to see Thome get ring, although id prefer it wasn’t with the Indians. If you recall we sent Big Jim to the Dodgers two years ago so he would have a shot. I have to say i am happy with KW’s decision. Good luck Thome, your’e gonna need it.

  6. soxxy 4 years ago

    Why is Dunn not put on the bench? Use him only when we are ahead by a lot of runs. Ozzie was told by KW to put the best team on the field,
    De Aza, Lillibridge in the mix seem to give them a big spark, Flowers is doing a good job.  Rios showed some signs of life, loved last Sunday’s game against Rangers.   I still think Sox aren’t out of it, they have a lot of games against Tigers/Tribe.  I don’t think Tribe getting Thome is going to help them that much,  he has slowed quite a bit.  I don’t know about Kubel, Steve Stone said he has foot problems, if he deals that would probably blow up in our face again, go with the Viceado please!!! 

    • disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

      Just doing the numbers in my head, if Detroit goes .500 for the rest of the season, the Sox would have to go 23-10. It’s possible, but unlikely.
      Also Detroit finishes the season with Baltimore, Oakland and Kansas City. There should be a lot of wins for the Tigers in that stretch.
      It probably would take the Sox something like 27-6 to catch Detroit.

      • soxxy 4 years ago

        yeah you are so right, we need KC, Baltimore and Oakland to play spoiler, KC is a nice spoiler at times. I wonder what the odds are now in Vegas of Sox winning division?

        Sox need to do well against Seattle this week, it’s going to be very tough but not impossible to get back in it. I don’t see Cleveland doing anything.

         Having Quentin out of the line up is huge as well as AJ out.  That’s why I question why we see Dunn in the lineup day after day, so sad.  What a disaster he has been, who would have thought?

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