Showing posts with label Jason Kubel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jason Kubel. Show all posts

Jason Kubel Joins Arizona Diamondbacks for Two Years, $15 Million

Jason Kubel has left Target Field for Chase Field, signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday for two years, $15 million. This is a nice little raise for Kubes, who made just $5.25 million last season with the Minnesota Twins.

The hard-hitting outfielder, who will now play alongside center fielder Chris Young and right fielder Justin Upton, has spent all seven of his big league seasons in Minnesota. He batted .273 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in 99 games last year as an outfielder and designated hitter, but was limited by left foot sprain, just one of many long trips to the disabled list over his career. Regardless of his being rather injury prone, he was still a fan favorite in Minnesota.

Kubel, a career .271 hitter who will turn 30 next month, should fair well in Arizona's hitter-friendly ballpark and add some depth to their outfield rotation. Especially when he's healthy. He's expected to be the Diamondbacks' everyday left fielder, effectively replacing Gerardo Parra, while also doing some work at the infield corners.

While Parra is much better defensively -- actually he's rather outstanding and won a Gold Glove at the position last season -- I guess Kubel's left-handed bat might have a little more pop in the long run. Again, when he's healthy.



Congratulations Francisco Liriano!

Talk about night and day.

It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was down right ugly. Either way, Francisco Liriano tossed the seventh no-hitter in Minnesota franchise history Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The 1-0 victory, thanks in part to a fourth-inning solo shot off the bat of Jason Kubel, marked the fifth no-hitter for the Twins and the first of the 2011 baseball season.

Don't beat yourself up too bad. The fact you decided against starting Liriano on your fantasy team Tuesday (if you haven't dropped him yet) may be a good thing after all...

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Joe Mauer's Not a Cheater Lalalalalala

Joe Mauer was tipping pitches to Jason Kubel? Yeah, I'm a total homer when it comes to Man Muscles, so I could give a crap whether people think he's a cheater or not. In fact, he could do some pretty scandalous things (aside from steroid use) and I would still love him to pieces.


Hitting for the Cycle: Popular These Days

Stud. Muffin.Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jason Kubel hit for the cycle -- highlighted by a grand slam -- to cap a dramatic seven-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning of his team's 11-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Friday night.

As Bert Blyleven always says, you should never leave early.

Kubel hit an RBI double in the first before he singled in the third, tripled in the sixth and smoked the grand salami in the eighth. Well done.

Just the ninth Twin to ever accomplish the feat, Kubel's marks the third cycle to go down in just five days. First it was Orlando Hudson showing off on Monday before Ian Kinsler .

So, who's gonna hit one this Sunday?

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Standing alone in the limelight, surrounded by the many players avoiding arbitration this weekend, stands my Canadian Crusher, Justin Morneau.

The Minnesota Twins first baseman and 2006 AL MVP agreed to a $7.4 million, one-year contract Friday, receiving nearly $3 million raise from the $4.5 million he made last year. Morneau batted .271, crushing 31 longballs and 111 RBIs last season.

Here's to at least 40 bombs in '08, Justin.

Reliever Juan Rincon, who went 3-3 with a 5.13 ERA for Minnesota last season, was apparently worth roughly $2,475,000 to the club. He is eligible to earn an additional $25,000 for pitching in 65 games in 2008.

Two more Twins' salaries still need to be dealt with by the organization: right-fielder and cannon-armed stud, Michael Cuddyer, asked for $6.2 million while the team offered $4.7 million; and righty reliever Matt Guerrier, requested $1.15 million, as the Twins proposed $750,000.

Furthermore, Jason Kubel, who has bad knees and sucks at DHing but is good at standing around in left, reached a $1.3 million, one-year deal on Thursday.



Who Will Be the Twins' Big Bat?

Jason Kubel tried to play through the pain last season and the year before that, he couldn't play at all. This spring he wants to give the Minnesota Twins a reminder on what exactly he can do when his knees are strong.

Kubel took over in left once Shannon Stewart's sore foot sent him to the DL late in May. He hit .333 in June, teamed up with one of the hottest months in Twins recent history, crushing five homers and driving in 16 runs in 81 at-bats - the biggest being a 12th inning grand slam winner at the Dome against the Red Sox.

Word on the street is that after the arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Kubel is feeling 100 percent.

Perfect timing! Minnesota needs some production from the DH spot like you would not believe. Last season, seventeen different players were used there. Combined, they hit .258 with 63 RBIs - the worst in the league.

Rondell White, who was quite possibly the worst designated hitter of all time, was re-signed to be the regular left fielder. Though Kubel is still viewed as an everyday player in the outfield and will certainly serve as a backup for both White and Michael Cuddyer out in right, the perfect spot for him in the starting lineup is the DH spot.

He may have to work for it, though. Rehabbed Ken Harvey and [jolly] Matthew LeCroy, both in camp on minor league contracts, could also compete for the role. Newly acquired veteran Jeff Cirillo will be the backup corner infielder, but he may still have a big enough bat to see some time there as well.

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