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Jason Kubel returns to the Twins on minor league deal

Dec 13, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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Jason Kubel left Minnesota to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with Arizona following the 2011 season, but after one good year and one bad year Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that he’s returning to the Twins on a minor-league deal.

At this point in his career Kubel should really be a platoon designated hitter, which would keep him from having to play defense or face left-handed pitching, but the Twins already have a few guys who fit those descriptions.

Kubel hit just .216 with five homers and a .610 OPS in 97 games for the Diamondbacks and Indians for by far the worst numbers of his career at age 31, but in 2012 he batted .253 with 30 homers and an .833 OPS.

  1. zzalapski - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    That’s much better than throwing $12 million at Mike Pelfrblearrrgghh

  2. plmathfoto - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    What happened with him? Did he just lose it? Injury? Could be a really good buy low deal.

  3. hildezero - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    He just fell of (as I can remember). That’s why the D-backs didn’t re-sign him. He just wasn’t the same Kubel that he was.

    • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      D-backs didn’t resign him because they traded him to the Indians

  4. hildezero - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I’m talking about his contract, because the D-backs were hoping of resigning him.

  5. allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Love Kubes, hopefully he can regain his form that he was in with the twins before.

    • dluxxx - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      You mean that slightly round pudgy form???

      Just kidding, I love that guy. I got a fever!!! The only perscription is more KUBEL!!!

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