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Jason Kubel | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/25/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 12 (0) / MIN

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Michael Tonkin told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Jason Kubel isn't "actively seeking" a contract.
Tonkin is Kubel's brother-in-law, so he would likely know. Kubel, who turns 33 in May, batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances for the Twins last season before being released in June. He's not officially retired, but a return doesn't sound imminent. Wed, Feb 25, 2015 09:49:00 AM

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Twins released OF Jason Kubel.

Kubel refused an assignment to Triple-A Rochester and is now officially on the free agent market. The veteran outfielder batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances with Minnesota, but he should be able to find a minor league contract.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 08:25:00 AM

Jason Kubel refused his assignment to Triple-A Rochester and is likely to be released by the Twins.

The veteran outfielder struggled at the plate during his time with the Twins, slashing a meager .224/.313/.295 with one homer over 176 plate appearances. He should be able to find another organization willing to give him a chance, but it will most certainly have to be on a minor league pact.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Twins designated OF/DH Jason Kubel for assignment.

He's making way for the arrival of Kendrys Morales. Kubel sports an ugly .224/.313/.295 batting line with one homer over 176 plate appearances this season, so the move comes as no surprise. He won't have trouble finding a gig elsewhere but will surely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Jason Kubel went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss and is hitting .197 with no extra-base hits and one RBI in 61 at-bats this month.

The Twins are about to bring back Josh Willingham and really should be playing Oswaldo Arcia as well, so one wonders if there is going to be any room left for Kubel. He did have a nice April, hitting .288/.360/.425, but even then, he was striking out a ton. He's up to 50 strikeouts after tonight, with a 31% rate per plate appearance that's among the 10 worst in baseball.
Sun, May 25, 2014 01:04:00 AM

Jason Kubel went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

Kubel scored a run and drove in a run in the contest. He's off to a very strong start at the plate, slashing .319/.395/.472 with 12 RBI in the early going. Fantasy owners who gambled on a rebound in the reserve rounds of drafts are reaping tremendous profits thus far.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 11:47:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 05:00:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 04:22:00 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.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 11:14:00 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."
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 09:54:00 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.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 04:50:00 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.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 03:57:00 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.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 09:15:00 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 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

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