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Diamondbacks considering trading Jason Kubel

Dec 4, 2012, 1:35 AM EDT

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The Diamondbacks have already parted with their center fielder in Chris Young, and their right fielder, Justin Upton, has been a hot topic in trade rumors for a full year now. Now they’re also considering a change in left field, as FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi reports that they’ve discussed Jason Kubel with multiple teams.

Kubel is due $7.5 million next year in the final guaranteed year of his contract. There’s also a $7.5 million mutual option on his deal for 2015.

Signed last winter in a surprising deal, Kubel hit .253/.327/.506 with 30 homers and 90 RBI in his first year with the Diamondbacks. If Arizona moves him, then Gerardo Parra would likely be restored to everyday status in left field. As is, Adam Eaton and Parra are set to battle for time in center.

Morosi doesn’t go into specifics about what teams have discussed Kubel, but the Rangers, Mariners and Orioles would seem to be some of the most likely suitors. Those are also the three AL teams linked to Adam LaRoche, a left-handed bat of similar quality (though one with quite a bit more defensive value).

  1. qcubed3 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    It didn’t make much sense to sign him in the first place.

    • GoneYickitty - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      As a conservative guess, I would say that without Kubel they would have won ten fewer games. Picking up ten wins for $7.5M makes sense to me. People who don’t understand the team see the names penciled in, but they don’t see the question marks next to them..

      • qcubed3 - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        10 games? They had Parra, Chris Young, and J.Up in outfield. Parra is not a power hitter, and he didn’t bat cleanup in 2011 (when he was the regular starter), but his OPB, AVG, ans SB were higher when playing regularly. And the biggest difference is that Parra is defensive beast. Kubel, is to be kind, not. I do think Kubel was an upgrade, but certainly not a 10 win upgrade. If he was a 10 game win upgrade, then $7.5M would have been a steal. I’m just not buying it.

      • GoneYickitty - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        qcubed3, you prove my point exactly. So you’re saying they should have just played Parra, Young and Upton? So the half season that Young missed you would do what, play with 2 outfielders? And you would have won just as many games doing so?

        Given that Parra and Upton would have had to play every single inning of every game because the other options in the outfield (until Eaton late in the year) were just horrible, I find your optimism about the Diamondbacks’ ability to replace Kubel’s production laughable. This is especially true because I remember a number of games that Kubel clearly won offensively. If a guy had 2 extra base hits and 4 RBI in a 5-4 win, you probably would not have won without him.

        I’m guessing that you didn’t actually watch the Diamondbacks play but you have seen some stats somewhere that make you think you know what you’re talking about. One stat you seemed to have missed though: Kubel led the entire league in outfield assists in 2012 with 14. Yeah, what a terrible defender and what a non-contributor that guy is.

    • bnz27 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      ….. yet Kubel led their team in home runs, was one of their better hitters and now, most importantly, gives them a good trade chip that isn’t named “Justin Upton”. It may not have seemed to make sense at the time, but in hindsight, it was a great move. You can never have too much talent (especially at the right price).

  2. tuberippin - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Mariners would make sense; they could put him at 1B and move Smoak to the bench. They could also move Kubel to DH, Montero to 1B, and move Smoak to the bench. Either way, it gets rid of Justin Smoak from killing your already-poor lineup.

  3. husky2score - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    O’s hon! This is exactly what we need. A middle of the order bat who plays left field.

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