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Orioles interested in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel

Jan 5, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring corner outfielder Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks but are “disinclined” at this point to meet Arizona’s demands, which center around young pitching.

The D’Backs have an overly crowded outfield and are currently shopping both Kubel and Justin Upton.

Upton has drawn serious attention from multiple teams — including the Padres, Rangers, Mariners and Braves — and would obviously fetch a far better return package than Kubel. The younger brother of B.J. Upton has hit .284/.363/.481 with 48 homers, 155 RBI and 39 stolen bases over the past two seasons.

He’s owed a total of $38.5 million in salary through the 2015 campaign.

Kubel, 30, batted .253/.327/.506 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012. He signed a two-year, $16 million free agent contract with the Snakes last winter. That deal also includes a $7.5 million club option for 2014.

  1. jrob1020 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I would rather give up more minor league talent and get Upton to play left field. The outfield would be set for years and it brings power and speed that we need.

  2. tuberippin - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    So they trade away Trevor Bauer, a young pitching prospect, for a SS prospect who will probably be an average-at-best major league player…and then they look to trade an OF in order to get young pitching prospects?

    Trade a young pitching prospect (Jarrod Parker) for Trevor Cahill; prospect ends up out-playing Cahill. Acquire Heath Bell for no clear reason. Trade away Chris Young because he makes too much money and is a mediocre OF, then use the money saved by trading CY to sign Cody Ross, another mediocre OF, for $26 million, creating an all-new OF logjam. Talk about trading Justin Upton, then rescind the option to trade him, only to re-open trade talks revolving around him a month later. Sign Brandon McCarthy to a multi-year deal, then trade Trevor Bauer, then look to acquire pitching prospects.

    Continue to look for pitching prospects despite the presence of Ian Kennedy, Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter, and Brandon McCarthy.

    Seriously, what the fuck is Kevin Towers doing in Arizona?

    • fbwangus8736 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      And I was mad at what the Rangers GM. Compared to Towers He is doing a great job!

      • tuberippin - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        Interesting that you would say that, because one of the only trades that Kevin Towers has made and come out a clear winner (and this is a guy who has held GM positions since 1995 and been involved in trades since ’93) was when he fleeced Jon Daniels in 2006, getting Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young (and Terrmel Sledge) for Adam Eaton (!), Akinori Otsuka and one other player.

    • chill1184 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      “Seriously, what the fuck is Kevin Towers doing in Arizona?”

      I ask this question myself. I look at what the D-Backs have did so far and go “what?”

    • aarondommin - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Trevor Brauer was traded because he is a stubborn individual who clashed with the coaches and refused to take advice from Miguel Montero. He showed zero improvement throughout the year and failed to get control of his wildness. The organization lacks any middle infield depth in the minor leagues but has lots of pitching depth. Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, etc. so trading Bauer who clearly ran lost value for a starting SS was a no brainer. Judge the moves after we have seen results.

      • tuberippin - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        You can most certainly make judgment calls on moves before they pan out. I agree with the sentiment you’re trying to convey, but this isn’t Smoltz-for-Doyle-Alexander, it’s a swap of prospects.

        Swapping a guy who was #5 on MLB’s Top 100 prospects list for 2012 for a guy who projects to be a Yuniesky Betancourt level shortstop (at his best) in a multi-team trade that doesn’t net you any particularly useful other parts for your ballclub is an objectively bad move, just like the Giants trading Zack Wheeler for a couple months of Carlos Beltran was an objectively terrible move both at the time and in hindsight.

        Consider what most other teams have netted in trading a top prospect recently:

        Mariners got Jesus Montero for Pineda before Pineda blew out his shoulder.
        Royals got 2 proven major-league starters, Davis & Shields, for Myers & Odorizzi.
        Tigers got Anibal Sanchez & Omar Infante for Jacob Turner & Rob Brantly.
        Blue Jays got the 2012 NL Cy Young winner for Travis d’Arnaud.

        Yes, you want to trade from a position of strength in order to address positions of weakness, but the way to do it is not to sell low on highly-regarded prospects to get guys who are lower-level prospects. Especially in this case, when they already have an all-glove, not-much-bat guy who can play SS on their 40-man roster (Cliff Pennington) who they could have put in the lineup.

        I agree, as well, that Bauer lost some value this season for the way he allegedly refused to take advice. That said, it’s extremely difficult to make a judgment call on how a player is going to pitch in the future, based on 16 major-league innings. Hell, Andrew Miller was and is a terrible and overrated pitcher who was never anywhere near the caliber of prospect that Bauer was/is, and the Tigers still gave Miller 64 innings after his first cup o’ coffee before trading him for a future HOF 1B/3B and Dontrelle Willis.

        Long story short, unless Didi Gregorius plays like the NL West version of Andrelton Simmons, I fail to see how this trade ends up as a win for the Diamondbacks.

      • paperlions - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Yes, that is why they traded Bauer. It also represents poor reasoning, a knee jerk reaction, and selling a highly valuable asset low. Bauer will turn 22 in a couple of weeks and he was fantastic in AA and AAA last year. At some point, you’ve got to just respect the talent and wait for the maturity to come in its own time. The SS they got back is an all-glove guy, he hasn’t hit at any level in the minors. Not one. If he glove is fantastic, he may be an average SS for a few years. It is far more likely that he’ll be a utility player.

    • paperlions - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Making those kinds of moves is fine when you are selling high and buying low, resulting in net upgrades on the field while reducing payroll. Sadly, Towers seems to have increased payroll and decreased the talent in the organization at the same time.

  3. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I’ll tell you what he is doing building a winner your opinion can’t see obviously. Upton and Kubel can go and we still have a great outfield. Eaton,Parra,Pollack,Ross. We’re also three closer deep in the pen. Upton brings Headley look out SF were coming. Rotation should look like
    Kennedy
    Miley
    McCarthy
    Cahill
    Corbin/Skaggs till Hudson full,strength.

  4. Mark - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Seeing as this is the Diamondbacks, I assume they want Adam Jones or Nick Markakis back in a trade. One can never have enough outfielders!

  5. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Having potentially 6 ML ready outfielders is a good thing to have as to other team with only two who they like and looking for one still.

  6. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Another Dbacks fan expendable cause of dept and refused to learn from the big boys. Called his own games pitching good luck Indians.hahaha

  7. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Bauer was most stubborn biggest wouldn’t listen knew it all kid and the organization has others they value higher. Watch DiDi start at short this year.

  8. stairwayto7 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    d’cracks need to be contracted! 4-5 million peopleive in phoenix and cant sell out a home game!

  9. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Maybe the Dbacks can throw in this dumb ass in the trade.

  10. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    We will see I trust KT’s abilities as track record has shown. He knows his job and see’s much more then we do.

  11. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Notice the title Orioles are interested in Kubel not Az interested in Orioles.

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