Jim Thome has a full no-trade clause, but with the Twins going nowhere, would he be willing to waive it for the chance to win his first World Series?
Thome didn't want to comment Monday, after Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Twins had placed Thome and Jason Kubel on trade waivers.
"If that comes about in the future, we'll deal with that," Thome said. "Today, I know nothing really about that, so it's hard for me to answer your questions right now. ... Out of respect to the [Twins] organization and all that, the best thing is not to comment, to be honest."
Twins General Manager Bill Smith declined to comment, as major league rules specify that waiver moves are supposed to be confidential.
Players must be placed on waivers in order to be traded in August, so it's common for teams to place several players through "revokable" waivers. Teams have the option of pulling the players back if other teams make a claim. If a player isn't claimed, he can be traded to any team.
The Twins have said they would like to re-sign Kubel, but this could be like late July, where they are willing to move players if they are overwhelmed by an offer.
Thome, who turns 41 on Saturday, probably won't clear waivers, since he would be an appealing lefthanded bat for several contenders. The Indians just placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on the disabled list, and a deal with them would send Thome back to where he hit 334 of his 601 career homers. He's also coveted by the Phillies, another of his former teams.
Here's the way it works: If more than one team makes a claim, the award goes to the team with the worst record. American League teams get first crack at AL players, followed by the National League teams in reverse order, so every other team would have to pass for the Phillies to get a shot at Thome.
Center fielder Ben Revere made a spectacular catch to end the top of the seventh inning Monday, turning his back to home plate, running full speed and leaping into the wall to grab Vladimir Guerrero's drive off Carl Pavano.
"I've talked to a few people about it, and that might be one of the best catches I've ever seen, considering he ran 50, 60 yards to catch the ball and then all the way over his head and jumping into the wall," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Earlier in the inning, Revere misjudged the ball and took the wrong route when Nick Markakis hit an RBI double that stretched Baltimore's lead to 4-1. "I had to redeem myself and luckily I did," Revere said.
Plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Danny Valencia for arguing balls and strikes in the eighth inning and then tossed Gardenhire, who came out to defend Valencia. Gardenhire and Wendelstedt have a long history of altercations, but they have spoken and made peace, agreeing not to air their complaints through the media.
"I've got to go out and defend [Valencia] a little bit," Gardenhire said. "Hunter and I actually have gotten along very well. I was a little frustrated and probably didn't need to get thrown out. That's my fault, not Hunter's."
Blackburn to DL
The Twins placed Nick Blackburn on the 15-day disabled list because of a right lateral forearm strain. He had a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday and will visit a specialist Tuesday before the Twins give an expected recovery time.
To fill his roster spot, the Twins promoted Lester Oliveros from Class AAA Rochester. The righthander is one of two pitchers the Twins received from the Tigers last week for Delmon Young.
• First baseman Justin Morneau, who has missed the past two games because of a sore right foot, might have an MRI exam Tuesday, Gardenhire said.
• Center fielder Denard Span will spend one week away from the ballpark in a effort to clear his head and relieve his migraine symptoms.
• Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka hasn't been in the starting lineup for the past three games because he's dealing with a lower-back/oblique issue.
• Michael Cuddyer returned to the lineup for the first time since Aug. 10, playing right field. He went 2-for-3 with a double.