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Twins still interested in re-signing Jason Kubel

Dec 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

Jason Kubel

Minnesota replaced Michael Cuddyer by signing Josh Willingham yesterday and seemingly replaced Jason Kubel by signing Ryan Doumit last month, but apparently they haven’t given up on bringing Kubel back.

Kubel indicated earlier this week that he’d all but written off the possibility of re-signing with Minnesota, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “the Twins increased their efforts to re-sign Kubel late this week.”

Kubel re-signing would leave the Twins with a surplus of first baseman, corner outfielders, and designated hitters, although with Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer both question marks health-wise that depth is hardly a bad thing. Doumit could be needed behind the plate if Mauer can’t play catcher regularly, but short of that happening he’d be stuck in a pretty limited role if Kubel returned.

Another option would be trading Denard Span or Ben Revere–or maybe just sending Revere to the bench or Triple-A–which would open up an outfield spot for Kubel while significantly hurting the Twins’ defense.

  1. pmcenroe - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    It would be great to get Kubel back, but if they do that has to guarantee they move Span for pitching doesn’t it? No way they bring back Kubel and add pitching right?

    • sknut - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      Yeah but now is a bad time to trade Span with his concussion worries. I get the thought process but don’t sell low on Span now. Whatever money the Twins have left they should focus on starting pitching.

      • pmcenroe - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        yeah I’m not in favor of them doing it, but beyond expanding the payroll for this season that’s the only way it gets done right? Unless I’m missing something..

  2. hansob - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    If Kubel is a Twin next year, that tells me that the Twins are not at all confident that either (or both) Mauer and Morneau will be able to play 130+ games. Otherwise, they would be allocating resources to pitching.

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