The claims do not mean that either player will change teams. The Twins can trade Thome and/or Kubel. They also can keep one or both or allow one or both to leave on a claim.
Thome, who holds a full no-trade clause, and can reject any deal. He prefers the Phillies to the Indians, one source said, but it’s doubtful he could circumvent the waiver process to land with Philadelphia.
Kubel, meanwhile, is unlikely to be traded, sources said. The Twins likely would offer him arbitration in an attempt to re-sign him, and would want the equivalent of at least a high draft pick in return.
I give it 99.999% odds this is absolutely nothing. The Twinkies aren’t trading one of their players to us and Kenny won’t offer them anything in return. The solution is in AAA-Charlote, it won’t cost anything and goes by the name of Dayan Viciedo.
BTW, here’s J.J’s take on the situation.
UPDATE: It was the Indians and not the Sox the team that claimed Kubel tweets Ken Rosenthal.