CLEVELAND -- It will be interesting to see which waiver-wire move has a greater impact on the American League Central race down the stretch -- the White Sox claim of Manny Ramirez or the Twins' claim of left-hander Brian Fuentes from the Angels.
Sox general manager Kenny Williams was asked why he passed on Fuentes as a potential bullpen boost. By virtue of their place in the standings, the White Sox would have had first crack at him, ahead of the Twins.
"We still had Erick Threets [who tore his UCL on Friday], and Matt Thornton is coming back," Williams said. "So, why take on dollars for Fuentes to come in in the fifth for us? We have [Chris] Sale, who is throwing 99 mph, has a breaking ball that drops off the table and a plus change. Thornton is expected to come back [from elbow inflammation] and, to be honest, we pushed him back for precautionary measures more than anything. That's how good he is feeling."
The Twins acquired Fuentes for a player to be named.