According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Cleveland Indians have been awarded the right to trade for veteran bat Jim Thome, winning the bidding war that started earlier this week when the designated hitter was placed on waivers.
The Indians reportedly have until 1pm on Friday to make a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Thome has a no-trade clause and has allegedly expressed a desire to go to Philadelphia where he would likely spot fill as a pinch hitter for the Phillies.
If a trade is not agreed to, the Twins can pull Thome off of waivers and decide whether or not they would merely release him and put him on the open market without receiving any compensation in return. Given the Indians’ recent swoon and the fact that Thome has signaled a desire to play for a contender, it would not surprise this author if something “didn’t work out.”
With regard to Thome’s teammate Jason Kubel, a bid by the Chicago White Sox reportedly blocked the right-handed bat from falling to the Tribe. Given that Kubel is set to be a Type-A free agent, it is highly unlikely that a deal gets consummated.