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Jason Kubel refuses assignment to Triple-A, likely to be released by the Twins

Jun 13, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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On Sunday, the Twins designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment to make room for newcomer Kendrys Morales on the roster. Kubel cleared waivers on Friday, and just rejected an assignment to Triple-A Rochester, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. As a result, the Twins are expected to release Kubel.

Kubel, 32, slashed a disappointing .224/.313/.295 with one home run and 13 RBI in 176 plate appearances for the Twins. The club had signed him to a minor league deal in December and he earned a major league salary of $2 million after the Twins selected his contract at the end of March. The ten-year veteran should still draw some interest as he can serve as a left-handed bench bat.

  1. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    This screams Red Sox signing

  2. hardkor07mn - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Is this d bag to good to play in the minors? Seriously? HIT THE DAMN BALL THEN. Face it, you are awful. Wake up

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM


  3. redskinsnamestays - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    That’s a much better line than Raul Ibanez, yet Angels still playing and hitting Ibanez middle of the order.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      That’s not the Twins fault.

      The Braves sat Dan Uggla. Twins release Kubel.

      WHY is Raul still getting at bats? Call up a kid and give him the experience vs. wasting the at bats with Raul’s terrible production and no future with the team because he’s very old.

      Give a kid some big league at bats in his spot.

  4. genericcommenter - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Does this mean he forfeits the rest of the $2 million? How does that work? I always assume one of the reasons players tend to just accept the AAA assignments is so they can get paid.

    • wiscotom - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Well, he’ll get released so he will still be due the $2 million. However, if he is signed elsewhere, he doesn’t get more money unless its over the $2 million. The Twins would then basically get whatever his new team signs him for back as savings.

      • jwbiii - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Which is usually the pro-rated minimum, which is about $300k at this point.

  5. mjfearby - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    As a fan of the Rochester Red Wings. I’m pretty sick of these guys in the Twins organization not wanting to come to AAA. It’s really getting annoying. Joe Mauer stayed in Florida to play his rehab games a few years ago and since then it seems like no one wants to play for the Red Wings. Jason Kubel is just the latest of these players. I was happy when Terry Ryan was hired back as GM and that announcement made me happy that the Wings and Twins resigned their minor league deal. At this point now, I can’t wait for this contract to be done and maybe we can sign on with a team that doesn’t have a bunch of egotistical, over priced players.

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