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White Sox may have interest in Diamondbacks’ Jason Kubel

Dec 23, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks signed Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million free agent contract on Saturday afternoon and now have to trade an outfielder to free up enough playing time for him. Justin Upton is apparently still on the block, but it could be Jason Kubel who ultimately winds up packing his bags.

CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the White Sox “have talked about” Kubel, who slugged 30 home runs alongside an .833 OPS for Arizona in 2012.

The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. He’s owed $7.5 million in 2013 and carries a $7.5 million club option for 2014.

If Kubel is indeed dealt, the D’Backs would start Ross in left, Upton in right and Adam Eaton in center.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    why trade kubel and sign Ross when kubel seems to be the better player…it just doesn’t make sense

    • fantasymoney - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Agree totally. Kubel is younger than Ross and less expensive too. I would rather have Kubel in my lineup over Ross any day. Not sure what Kevin Towers is thinking these days. He gave up on Bauer, a former 3rd overall draft pick, for a light hitting SS. I don’t know a whole lot about Didi Gregorius, but if Bauer has attitude problems then why not have a serious talk with him and give him another year to mature? Isn’t his upside worth it? Now he’s downgrading his OF and paying more money in the process. Let’s see if he just gives away Justin Upton for a bag of sunflower seeds as icing on the cake and then swoops in and gives Michael Bourn a gazillion dollars.

      • trllturner18 - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Kubel has more power

  2. Carl Hancock - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Not making sense seems to describe this entire offseason. So many bad contracts being handed out by numerous teams.

  3. djjackson81 - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Ross kills left handed pitching. Kubel had career numbers last year not his normal averages. Love the year Kubel had for my Dbacks but he did hit a brick wall with his numbers after the all star break. As attractive as Jason Kubels contract is Cody Ross had way more teams interest this off season then Kubel has in trade talks.

  4. tc4306 - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Kubel to CWS makes some sense. His power would replace AJ’s freak season. Konerko is about to turn 37 and is coming off a bone chip injury. Who knows which Adam Dunn will show up, and right handed hitting Dayan Viciedo is not about to win any gold gloves in left. That’s four guys for three spots and there should be plenty of at bats for all. A few more will be generated when Rios gives De Aza a day off in centre or gets a day off himself. With regular PT, Kubel might be good for 30HR at U.S. Cellular.

  5. 13arod - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    kubel to yankkeys or rays makes more sense white sox don’t have anybody good to trade for kubel but tampa and the yankeys have good prospects to trade

    • tc4306 - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Blue Jays fans don’t want to see Kubel in either of those places.

    • se7enslage - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Obviously you’re not very baseball knowledgable if you can’t spell “Yankees”. Twit.

      • lukebean - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Course you can spell knowledgeable, ace.

  6. greymares - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I’m betting Kubels not going they’re looking for the best deal they can get for Upton.

  7. djjackson81 - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Ross is set to play in left or right depending on the best deal offered for Kubel or Upton. Those two are expendable cause Parra and Pollock are in the wings as well

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