Indians Try To Pocket Thome

The Cleveland Indians have claimed Minnesota Twins designated hitter and newest member of the 600 home run club Jim Thome off waivers.

As Drew Fairservice went over yesterday, and the Astros showed today by pulling Wandy Rodriguez off back of waivers, claiming Thome doesn’t necessarily mean that Cleveland is going to get their man.

Aside: Jim Thome was the full time third baseman for the Indians in 1995 and 1996. Third base! I can’t even imagine this, let alone remember it.

Thome finds himself just out of a Type B Elias ranking and with a good finish to the season, could win his team back a supplemental pick assuming he signs on with another organization this offeason. However, a no trade clause in his contract combined with a personal preference for playing for the Phillies could preclude a change of scenery.

In fact, Thome’s desire to play in Philadelphia again is so strong that there are rumblings that he may try to convince the Twins to release him as a means of getting around the waiver rules to sign with the Phillies.

Another Minnesota Twins player was also claimed off waivers by an American League Central division rival. The Chicago White Sox won their claim for Jason Kubel, who will definitely bring back a supplemental pick if he signs with another team this offseason. Rumours were circulating only a week ago that Kubel and the Twins were negotiating an extension, so a trade here seems even less likely than Thome moving.

With two players on the same team getting snapped up from waivers on the same day, it’s almost seems as though the Twins had a few assets that they could’ve tried to move at the non-waiver deadline instead of putting effort into giving up their starting center fielder for a relief pitcher.