Seattle outfielder Raul Ibanez has reportedly been claimed on waivers and could be traded today, but the team that won the claim is not the Twins, a person familiar with the situation told the Star Tribune.
ESPN’s Buster Olney noted today that the Twins might be interested in Ibanez. This makes sense because of Michael Cuddyer’s foot injury, but Denard Span has been more than adequate as a replacement in right field.
The Mariners have a few more hours to work a deal with whatever team did win the claim, so we should know soon. The Rays are definitely interested, but the Red Sox might have put in a claim to block that move.
Note: I’ve changed the wording, as it’s possible the Twins did put in a claim on Ibanez but were beat to it by another team ahead of them on the claiming list. I do know the Twins like Ibanez, but I’ve been told that they are not the team in negotiations with the M’s. …
Here is the order of the AL claiming teams in contention (From MLBTradeRumors)
The article makes it sound at first liek someone above the Rwins took Ibanez, but later it sounds like the Twins aren't the team and he doesn't know if it is because they were beat, or just did not try to get him. I am holding out hope hee fell to the Rays, but I highly doubt it