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Diamondbacks thinking about trading Jason Kubel or Gerardo Parra

Oct 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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When the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a two-year, $16 million contract last offseason there were lots of questions about how he fit in an outfield that already had Chris Young, Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra.

It turned out that Parra was mostly the odd man out, starting a total of just 90 games one year after hitting .292 and winning a Gold Glove award. And now, not surprisingly, general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks are thinking about trading either Kubel or Parra.

It’ll likely come down to whether Towers value Parra’s defense or Kubel’s power, although the decision may ultimately hinge on which player could bring back more in a trade as the Diamondbacks look for infield help. Piecoro notes that trading Young is also an option because of Parra’s ability to play center field if needed and prospect Adam Eaton‘s long-term presence.

Whatever the case, don’t expect another outfield logjam in Arizona next season.

  1. natslady - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    If the Diamondbacks need infield help, why did they let Stephen Drew go? That is one move I’ll never understand–just lack of patience?

    • nullstadt - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      I’d say the D-backs exhibited plenty of patience…we fans have been waiting since he was called up in 2006 for him to truly fulfill the potential that the organization thought he had. He is/was talented, but doesn’t appear to be a difference-maker, and never seemed to truly connect with the fans.

      • natslady - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Thanks for the reply. Got a bunch of down-thumbs but no explanation. He always seemed so talented to me, I wondered why they didn’t wait out the injury. As to fan-connection, I don’t put much store in that (see Werth, Jayson). I don’t need ‘em to be lovable, just play well.

      • nullstadt - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        If the team was doing better on a consistent basis, it probably wouldn’t be a factor…but, he’s been one of the core guys, and while he’s been a + player a lot of the time, he’s never really delivered like he should’ve.

        The flat demeanor just seems to magnify it, similar to his brother’s J.D.’s situation.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Kubel could be a nice Ibanez replacement for the Yankees

    • greymares - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      nah, Kubel’s a starter (30hr’s) someplace. and what’s wrong with Ibanez replacing Ibanez what do you see that says he can’t be the same player.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        I would say I would trust Kubel more as a full-time DH/part time OF over Ibanez next year.

        Nothing wrong with Ibanez, but Cashman has shown he will not let sentimentality get in the way of upgrading. If the Yankees can’t do better I would be OK with bringing Raul back, but I would also expect his numbers to decline from this year. The dud is going to be 41.

  3. dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    So does this mean they’re keeping Justin Upton? He was the one rumored to be on the way out in the beginning.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Tyler Pastornicky and an AA pitching prospect for Kubel. Left field problem solved.

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