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Jason Kubel | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/25/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Jason Kubel continued his hot start to the season Wednesday, going 4-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Athletics.
Kubel's solo blast was the only run the Twins could muster off of Jesse Chavez in seven innings. The outfielder/designated hitter is now batting a cool .462/.481/.731 with six RBI this season as he looks to bounce back from a terrible 2013 campaign. Apr 9 - 5:00 PM

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Jason Kubel went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Indians on Saturday.

Kubel had RBI singles in the first and ninth innings. The 31-year-old hit just .216 with five home runs and a .610 OPS last season, but he has pop and should get some at-bats against right-handed pitching. He could be worth a look in AL-only formats.
Apr 5 - 4:22 PM

Twins purchased the contract of DH/OF Jason Kubel from Triple-A Rochester.

Kubel hasn't been all that impressive this spring, hitting just .186 (8-for-43) with one home run and a 16/6 K/BB ratio, but he has secured a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old is to see time as a designated hitter and backup outfielder this season and could potentially hit in the middle of the order. This will be his second stint with the Twins, as he previously played with the club from 2004-2011.
Mar 29 - 11:14 AM

Jason Kubel has been told that he will make the Twins' Opening Day roster.

It was pretty much a formality that will become official at some point before the March 31 opener. Kubel is hitting just .216 with one homer in 13 games this spring, but he's a known commodity. He'll receive regular at-bats in the DH spot while also backing up in the outfield. "I believe he progressed during the spring and started taking better at-bats," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "I still believe he's a professional hitter with something left. He has the ability to drive in runs and provide offense."
Mar 25 - 9:54 PM

Jason Kubel reached all three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk Friday against the Mets.

Chris Parmelee was probably the biggest threat to render Kubel's presence on the Twins roster unnecessary, but he hasn't done much this spring. Kubel hasn't done much at all himself -- he's batting .200 with one homer and two RBI -- but he'll likely be the DH against right-handers anyway.
Mar 21 - 4:50 PM

Jason Kubel went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Jays on Saturday, leaving him 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts this spring.

Kubel seemed penciled in as the Twins' primary DH when he signed in December, but since it was a minor league deal, he certainly isn't promised anything. If he continues to struggle this spring, he shouldn't make the team.
Mar 8 - 3:57 PM

Jason Kubel on Saturday blamed a lingering quad issue for his struggles at the plate last season.

Kubel put up an ugly .216/.293/.317 slash line with five homers over 97 contests for the D'Backs and Indians in 2013, but he thinks a quad ailment suffered in April was the root cause to his problems. "A couple games back into it, I dove for a ball in the outfield and it came back and stayed for three months," said Kubel. "It was my left leg and I couldn’t run. It was there all year, and it made it tough. I believe that’s what led me to be down all year." Kubel is back with the Twins on a minor league deal but is the favorite to see the lion's share of at-bats in the DH spot.
Jan 26 - 9:15 AM

Jason Kubel will earn $2 million in 2014 if he makes the Twins' Opening Day roster and can earn another $1 million via incentives.

Kubes will earn $150,000 if he reaches 300 and 350 plate appearances, and will pocket an additional $200,000 if he makes 400 PAs. An additional $150,000 is available for spending 30 and 60 days on Minnesota's active roster and Kubel will net $200,000 if he makes it to 90 days. Kubel and the Twins reunited last week on a minor league contract. Kubel slugged 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks in 2012 but careened to an ugly .216/.293/.317 slash line with five homers over 97 contests this past season. The veteran outfielder should see plenty of starts at the corner outfield spots and DH.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Twins signed OF/DH Jason Kubel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report the deal, and Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com was the first to say it was a minor league pact. Kubel slugged 30 homers for the D'Backs in 2012 but fell off the map last season, batting just .216/.293/.317 with five homers over 97 contests. He'll see plenty of starts at the corner outfield spots and at DH. Kubel, of course, was drafted by the Twins and spent his first seven big league seasons in Minnesota.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:39:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Twins have had talks with Jason Kubel about bringing him back.

Kubel, of course, was drafted by the Twins and spent his first seven big league seasons in Minnesota. He slugged 30 homers for the D'Backs in 2012 but fell off the map last season, batting just .216/.293/.317 with five homers over 97 contests. Kubel wouldn't necessarily have a starting job in Minnesota, but the Twins should be able to find plenty of at-bats for him between on the outfield corners and at DH.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Indians declined OF Jason Kubel's $7.5 million mutual option for 2014.

Certainly no surprise, as Kubel played sparingly down the stretch for the Tribe after being acquired via trade in late August. He hit 30 homers in 2012 but followed it up with just five dingers and a .216/.293/.317 batting line in 2013. Kubel is just 31, though, and shouldn't have trouble finding a starting job somewhere.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Indians acquired OF Jason Kubel and cash considerations from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The D'Backs will pick up nearly all of the $2.5 million owed to Kubel, which includes next year's $1 million buyout. The 31-year-old batted just .220/.288/.324 for Arizona before being designated for assignment earlier this week. He'll see some time at designated hitter and the corner outfield spots against right-handed pitching.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:36:00 PM

A source told MLB.com that the Diamondbacks and Indians have agreed to a Jason Kubel deal.

The Diamondbacks will get a minor leaguer and cash, according to the report. That doesn't quite sound right, though: it's more likely that the Indians are the ones getting the cash in the trade, perhaps enough to cover Kubel's $1 million buyout for 2014. Kubel will likely get a chance to take over as the Indians' DH against right-handers, making him a nice late pickup in AL-only leagues.
Source: MLB.com
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 01:38:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Indians are close to acquiring Jason Kubel.

Nick Piecoro has confirmed the report, saying that Cleveland is "looking like a strong possibility" to land the outfielder. Kubel was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, but it's not a surprise that Arizona hasn't had trouble finding a landing spot for him. There's no word yet on what the D'Backs might get back in return.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:33:00 PM

Diamondbacks designated OF Jason Kubel for assignment.

Kubel hadn't been playing much lately and didn't produce when he was in the lineup, batting just .220/.288/.324 this season over 89 games. He'll clear waivers, with the D'Backs having to pick up the remainder of his $7.5 million salary for this season, as well as a $1 million buyout for 2014.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Pedro Florimon
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jason Bartlett
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Darin Mastroianni
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Jason Kubel
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Kevin Correia
3Phil Hughes
4Mike Pelfrey
5Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Samuel Deduno