August 25, 2011
The Minnesota Twins have been out of the postseason race since pretty much the start of the 2011 campaign. Now they may be letting a few of their players go via the waiver wire.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Jim Thome(notes) and Jason Kubel(notes) could end up being selected by other teams. "Reports on Wednesday had the Chicago White Sox as one of the teams placing a waiver claim on" Thome, the paper reports.
However, Thome, the most recent slugger to join the 600-homer club, has a no-trade clause so no matter who claims him, he can decide whether he'll go or not, the paper points out. An incentive to move elsewhere for Thome is a chance to win his first -- and likely only -- World Series ring.
If the 40-year-old Thome vetoes a trade, the Star Tribune notes that "there is some concern in-house that owner Jim Pohald wouldn't be comfortable signing off on an elaborate veto-release maneuver that could allow Thome to become a free agent." If Thome is given that kind of choice, the team that gains his services "could be the Phillies, where he would be reunited with manager Charlie Manuel," the paper notes.