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UPDATE: The Indians acquire Jason Kubel from Diamondbacks

Aug 30, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is official:

 

11:53 PM Thursday: After being designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks earlier this week, Jason Kubel should be on the move soon. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are “getting close” to finding a trade partner while the Indians are considered a “strong possibility.” This confirms a report by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Kubel amassed 30 home runs last year, but he has batted just .220/.288/.324 with five home runs in 267 plate appearances this season while battling leg and back problems. The 31-year-old has mostly been limited to pinch-hitting duties over the past couple of weeks.

Kubel has never been known for his defense, so he was a poor fit for the National League, but he could be a useful addition for a team who can slot him in at DH. His contract includes a $1 million buyout on his $7.5 million club option for next season, so the Diamondbacks will likely have to cover it in order to pull off a deal.

  1. largebill - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Meh.

  2. Walk - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Looks like they got him.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  3. whitdog23 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    so the indians add ANOTHER ‘big stick’ who can’t even hit their weight LOL

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    What does this mean for Giambi?

    • dluxxx - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      DFA, probably.

  5. hildezero - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Meh.

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