According to multiple reports, the White Sox were awarded a waiver claim on Twins outfielder/DH Jason Kubel today.
“Kubel?” Sox GM Kenny Williams responded in a text Thursday afternoon. “Do you know something I don’t know? I don't know what the (heck) you're talking about.”
Judging from KW’s comments, it’s safe to say Kubel is not going to be joining the White Sox anytime soon.
Maybe the Sox did make a claim on Kubel to block the Indians from getting him. Or, more likely, maybe they did nothing.
There is a lot of misinformation out there, and for whatever reason, the White Sox are often smack in the middle of it.
Let’s say the White Sox did claim Kubel.
The power-hitting outfielder/DH is going to be a free agent at the end of the season, so Minnesota was likely to pull him back, keep him and get a high draft pick if he signed with a new team in the off-season.
The Sox would have had to give up a quality prospect to get Kubel - I'm thinking a player like Addison Reed, Jordan Danks or Jared Mitchell.
Let's say that happened.
Then the White Sox would have had to pay Kubel almost $1 million for the remainder of the season and also clear a roster spot.
Interesting, since they didn't have any money for a backup catcher last week when A.J. Pierzynski went on the disabled list.