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Jason Kubel is karrying the Diamondbacks

Aug 9, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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Jason Kubel launched his 24th and 25th homers Thursday as part of Arizona’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh. Despite some recent struggles, he’s the team leader in homers (by nine) and in RBI (by 11). He’s also hitting .281, which would be the second-highest mark of his career.

I wasn’t nearly as down on the Diamondbacks’ Kubel signing last winter as many in the twitterverse, but I did call it a “luxury signing” due to Gerardo Parra‘s presence on the roster. The mistake many made was in looking at it as though the Diamondbacks were choosing Kubel over Parra. What they should have realized is that there would be plenty of room for both.

Of course, Kubel may well have already gone from being underrated last winter to overrated now. While Target Field was an awful place for him to hit as a member of the Twins, Chase Field is making him look quite a bit better than he truly is; 17 of his 25 homers have come at home.

The Diamondbacks, though, won’t have to worry about someone else overpaying him this winter based on those numbers; Kubel will be in the middle of a two-year deal worth a modest $16 million. With Parra also capable of starting, the Diamondbacks will have flexibility in the outfield if they decide to trade Justin Upton or Chris Young this winter.

Ideally, they’d keep the foursome together. However, whereas Upton, Young and Parra cost a combined $14.25 million this year, the salaries figure to climb to about $20.5 million next season and the Diamondbacks may want to spend some of that money elsewhere.

  1. GoneYickitty - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Chase field is the second highest elevation in MLB. Maybe they’ll parlay this into talking some other guys into taking less so they can come and improve their market value.

    On the flip side, makes what Randy Johnson did in AZ all the more spectacular.

  2. pinkfloydprism - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Modest $16 Million…LOL!

  3. sheriffpeyton18 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Bring up Adam Eaton from AAA Reno! Trade CY. He has an entitled attitude!

  4. Mark - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I’m confused about how Kubel is carrying the team as you suggested. He’s not their best hitter (that would be Goldschmidt) and he’s certainly not their best overall player (that would be Montero, or Hill or Goldschmidt). So your how is he carrying (or…”karrying” as you posted) the team?

    I mean he’s a useful guy, sure. But it’s hard to get excited about a LF who isn’t even top 10 at his position for offensive production. And it’s a multi-year deal, so it’s hard to say it’s a good signing based off of one season. Remember how everybody said the Raul Ibanez deal was fantastic after the first year? By the second or third year nobody was saying that.

    • Mark - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Wish there was an edit button. 😦. I meant So how is he carrying the team?*** 😦.

  5. migoli - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    so 2 in the NL in RBIs is just a ok season to you?

  6. youdogoodatbaseball - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    you spelled carrying wrong

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