Indians claim Thome, White Sox claim Kubel

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins designated hitter Jim Thome was claimed on waivers by the Indians, while the White Sox were awarded the waiver claim on Twins outfielder Jason Kubel, according to a report.

Minnesota has until noon CT tomorrow to work out deals with the claiming teams, but can also pull the claimed players back off waivers.

The Twins, however, did not offer a comment, as waiver moves are supposed to be confidential, per Major League rules.

Thome, who has a no-trade clause and has never won a World Series, declined to state whether he’d accept a trade to a contender when asked earlier this week.

The Indians enter today six games back of the first-place Tigers in the American League Central, and it’s unclear whether he would OK a trade to Cleveland.

Thome did play there for the first 12 seasons of his career from 1991-2002, and could be a fit considering Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner is on the disabled list with a right foot strain.

Kubel, meanwhile, also makes sense for the White Sox, who are 6 1/2 games out, because outfielder Carlos Quentin has been bothered by a shoulder injury.

But he currently projects as a Type B free agent, and could even achieve Type A status, so the Twins would want a good return to make up for losing a compensation pick, or possibly two, in next year’s First-Year Player Draft.

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