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Twins designate Jason Kubel for assignment to make room for Kendrys Morales

Jun 8, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

The Twins have designated OF Jason Kubel for assignment to make room on the roster for the recently-signed Kendrys Morales, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports. Kubel, 32, slashed .224/.313/.295 with one home run in 176 plate appearances. He is sad to leave Minnesota:

Yesterday, the Twins signed the 30-year-old Morales to a one-year deal for the prorated portion of $12 million.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Someone help me to understand this thing. Kubel did very little DH’ing for the Twins and Morales for all practical purposes really is only a DH as best I can tell. Morales defensively is not very good and I can’t imagine the Twins giving him many opportunities to play 1st base with Mauer there. I just don’t understand this whole Morales thing and the Twins.

    • Tim OShenko - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      The Twins have a surplus of immobile outfielders, and they all hit better than Kubel. He’s pretty much just the odd man out, at this point. And while it may be a disaster to ask Morales to play outfield, what the heck – Gardy’s been putting shortstops in centerfield pretty much all season.

      Also, this is my own pet theory which will no doubt prove baseless, but I wonder if they plan on having him cover first base for a spell. Mauer hasn’t been hitting well, and has complained of back pain earlier in the season. I suspect he’s playing hurt, and this will allow the Twins to give him some rest while improving the lineup.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Put Morales in the outfield and there is no may be about it he will be a disaster.

      • Tim OShenko - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Well, there is the infinitesimal chance that no balls would be hit in his direction. But yeah, otherwise it would be a tire fire.

      • musicman1434 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Mauer playing hurt? That will be the day. His downturn in production started last year way before he got hurt and has continued this season. He hit only .239 with RISP in 2013 and is under .150 this year. Joe is already playing the least physically taxing position in baseball and shouldn’t need a rest considering that he has already had several games this year where he was just a DH.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      The last three games the Twins used Danny Santana and Plouffe at DH. Even if only used to DH, Morales is an upgrade. In addition, the bat he moves to the bench will be a pinch hitting option who can stay in the game and play defense (however mediocre). This also puts a power bat either in front of or behind Willingham, the only other power bat in the lineup.

      Of course getting Mike Trout to take over for Hicks in center would have been better, but that wasn’t an option.

  2. xpensivewinos - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I’ll go you one better; someone explain to me what the hell happened to Joe Mauer? He hits like Rafael Belliard now.

    They can’t bench him because of his insane salary, but holy crap……….he sucks.

    • eauclairetwinsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      yeah, you are right. Mauer sucks. So did Jeter….
      http://aarongleeman.com/2014/06/04/joe-mauer-vs-derek-jeter/

  3. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    he can’t be any worse than Willingham in the outfield and we are only a couple years removed from playing Delmon Young out there so clearly corner defense is not something the twins organization values much. plus I thought we only played shortstops in the outfield anyway.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    At least he had 1 more good year in 2012, but hes done. Maybe a bench guy or a platoon dh because he never could lefties and he cant play the outfield anymore.

  5. hardkor07mn - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Thank god for small favors. Now please take Maurer with you. You both suck!

    • Bryz - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      That’s not very nice of you, demanding that the Mariners get rid of Brandon Maurer in a completely unrelated move.

    • twinfan24 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      What’s with people who can’t spell Mauer? Like him or not, I have seen at least three people spell his name wrong in the last few days.

  6. halfful - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Kubel hit his peak 5 years ago and has been sliding downhill since. Savoring the memories is great but at present his skills are eroded beyond thinking a comeback is possible. The Twins tried to recapture his lost youth but it’s over. Morales’ bat will be a big upgrade.

  7. twinfan24 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    To any wondering why the Twins signed Morales, the Twins did not have 9 solid hitters to put in the lineup. So, if there is a chance that Morales at DH gives them another solid hitter, it is worth the less than one season gamble.

    Also, I don’t care if Santana is out of position in CF. He is hitting above expectations and isn’t completely horrible in CF. Plus, Escobar is hitting above expectation as SS, with surprising double power, so Santana isn’t taking his playing time.

  8. bkool37 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I don’t think Kubel is done. I will agree that stadium may not have been the right fit for him. The real story is why didn’t they give Kubel a long run at DH. The Twins must know something we don’t this guy hit 30 bombs in 2012 and now his career is over this quickly Parmelee isn’t any better granted he is younger.

    • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      The reason they didn’t give him a chance was that he wasn’t hitting. And he was getting plenty of chances.

      Between April 13 to June 6th he played in 35 games, but he just stopped hitting. He hit really well in his first 10 games (.405 batting average) but in the following 35 games he hit:
      .168/.272/.185 for an incredible OPS of .457. It was a fun first two weeks, but Kubel seems to be done. He has the opportunity to go to AAA and see if he still has something left, but my bet is that he retires.

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