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Twins release Jason Kubel

Jun 16, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jason Kubel has been released by the Twins after being designated for assignment and passing through waivers unclaimed by the other 29 teams. Kubel rejected an assignment to the the minors, choosing to hit the open market again as a free agent rather than play at Triple-A for the Twins.

Kubel is only 32 years old and had a career-high 30 homers as recently as 2012, but he’s hit just .219 with six homers and a .609 OPS in 142 games since then and looked completely washed up during the past two months. He got off to a nice start for Minnesota, but then batted .177 with zero homers and 52 strikeouts over a 38-game stretch.

He made the Twins out of spring training on a minor-league contract, returning to Minnesota after playing there from 2004-2011, and earned $2 million on the deal.

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  1. happytwinsfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Some other team might take a flyer on him, but only if he agrees to go down to triple A to get his mojo back. He might as well as done that with the Twins who would be at least as patient with him as anybody else. He lost it as fast as he found it. You never know.

    If he had been in right field yesterday instead of Arcia, he would have caught the balls Arcia missed and the Twins would have won even if he also struck out 4 times.

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