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13 Jason Kubel RF
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 5/25/1982 | Birthplace: Belle Fourche, SD | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 37/29 | Average Draft Position: 305.06
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Jason Kubel continues to mash in loss to Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Twins veteran outfielder Jason Kubel continued Wednesday to thrive with the only team with which he has consistently thrived.

Kubel slammed four hits in a losing effort against Oakland, including a solo homer in the second inning, to raise his batting average to .462. He added singles in the sixth, ninth and 10th innings.


Jason Kubel revival continues Saturday in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Twins outfielder Jason Kubel seems to be enjoying his return to the team for which he once thrived. He smacked three singles and drove in two runs Saturday to key a win in Cleveland.

Kubel contributed RBI hits in the first and ninth innings and raised his batting average to .385 in the process. He also exacted a bit of revenge on the Indians, who rarely used him after acquiring him last season before letting him go.


Jason Kubel goes from benched to cleanup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Twins veteran outfielder Jason Kubel sat out the opener against White Sox stud left-hander Chris Sale, but he sure got a primo spot in Game 2. Kubel was stuck in the cleanup spot Wednesday.

Kubel last batted fourth last July with Arizona. His continued struggles in 2013 prevented him from being considered for that spot thereafter.


Twins select contracts of Jason Kubel, Jason Bartlett


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Twins have selected the contracts of Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett Saturday, the team announced.

Kubel rejoined the club after two seasons in Arizona. He hit .186 during spring training. Bartlett also rejoined the team after five seasons away. He hit just .098 in 41 at-bats this spring.


Jason Kubel makes opening-day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Twins informed outfielder Jason Kubel that he has made the team's initial 25-man roster, MLB.com reports.

Kubel will be officially added to the roster before the March 31 opener, and he'll receive a $2 million salary this season. He's 7 for 33 with one home run this spring.


Jason Kubel blast brings him optimism


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Fading slugger Jason Kubel spoke optimistically after slugging a home run off Tampa Bay ace David Price to end a 1-for-14 streak on Tuesday. He believes he has begun to find his swing, which abandoned him in a miserable 2013 season.

"It felt good to finally hit one hard," he told MLB.com. "The results aren't there, but I feel like over the last few games, my last four or five at-bats are feeling pretty good. So if it keeps getting better each day before the season starts, I'll be right where I want to be."

Kubel hit 20 or more home runs four times between 2008 and 2012 and drove in 90 or more three times from 2009 to 2012, but managed just five home runs and 32 RBI in 97 games with Arizona and Cleveland last season. He is trying to earn regular season at-bats with the Twins as a non-roster invitee, most likely as a designated hitter.


Jason Kubel seeking bounce-back year with familiar team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Veteran outfielder Jason Kubel joined the Twins in spring training on Thursday and proclaimed himself healthy after a 2013 season in which he was hindered by injury and poor performance.

"I'm over all the injuries and stuff," he told MLB.com. "I'm just looking forward to starting over again. I started out fine (last year) and then got hurt early. It never really healed, and I never really got back after that. It was my left quad. It stayed around all year. So I think that's gone."

Kubel is back with the team with which he enjoyed his finest year. He batted .271 with 104 home runs and 429 RBI in seven seasons with the Twins. He will try to hook on as a reserve.


Jason Kubel glad to be back with the Twins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Twins outfielder Jason Kubel is happy to be back with the club, according to MLB.com.

Kubel has a tough time last season due to a quadriceps injury. He hit just .216/.293/.317 in 259 at-bats. Kubel said the injury played a big role in his struggles, but added that he was healthy now. It was my left leg." Kubel said. "I couldn't really push off, couldn't run. It just didn't work out last year." 

Manager Ron Gardenhire is glad to have Kubel back. "We need offense," Gardenhire said. "If Kubel gets hot, he can carry you for a while. So we need help with some veterans."


Jason Kubel blames down year on quadriceps injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Twins outfielder Jason Kubel is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, batting a disappointing .216 with a .317 slugging percentage in 87 games between the Diamondbacks and Indians.

Though, Kubel believes his struggles were because of a quadriceps injury he sustained early in the 2013 season, according to The Star Tribune.

"A couple games back into it, I dove for a ball in the outfield and it came back and stayed for three months," Kubel said. "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."

Though Kubel heads into spring training on a minor-league contract, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is hopeful Kubel plays his way onto the roster and returns to his old form.

"The one thing we all know is that when he gets hot, he can carry you," Gardenhire said. "I’m not saying he’s here to do that, but I think he can be very valuable to us if he comes to spring training and proves that and be healthy."


Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton among 23 non-roster invitees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) The Twins announced Thursday they invited 23 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. Among the more notable names are top prospects Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer.

Other notable names are infielder Jason Bartlett and outfielder Jason Kubel, who have played for the Twins in the past. 

The remaining list of invites include Sean Gilmartin, Matt Hoffman, Aaron Thompson, Deolis Guerra, Lester Oliveros, Yohan Pino, Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch, Dan Rohlfing, Stuart Turner, James Beresford, Doug Bernier, Deibinson Romero, Brandon Waring, Darin Mastroianni, Jermaine Mitchell, Chris Rahl and Wilkin Ramirez.


Jason Kubel can make $2 million if he makes club


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Twins outfielder Jason Kubel will make $2 million if he's able to make the club, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

In total, Kubel can make up to $3 million based on incentives in his contract. He's coming off a down year, in which he hit .216/.293/.317 in 97 at-bats. Kubel will make $15,000 per month if he's in the minors. 


Jason Kubel reaches deal with Twins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel has reached a deal with the Twins, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Kubel split time between Cleveland and Arizona last year, hitting .216/.293/.317 in 259 at-bats. He spent eight seasons in Minnesota before accepting a three-year deal with the Diamondbacks in 2012. Terms of the deal are not known at this time.


Twins talking about reunion with Jason Kubel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) The Twins have discussed a reunion with outfielder Jason Kubel, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Kubel's option was declined by Cleveland in early November. Making him a free-agent. He hit .216/.293/.317 in 259 at-bats split between Cleveland and Arizona. Kubel came up with the Twins, and spent eight seasons with the club. 


Cleveland declines Jason Kubel's option


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Cleveland has declined outfielder Jason Kubel's option for 2014, making him a free-agent, according to ESPN.

Kubel had a tough year with two clubs, hitting just .216/.293/.317 in 259 at-bats. Kubel could have returned to the club for $7.5 million.


Jason Kubel starting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Indians outfielder Jason Kubel is in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Mets.

Kubel will start in right and hit seventh. He'll take the place of Drew Stubbs. Kubel is hitting .224/.298/.329 in 246 at-bats. 


Indians option Carlos Carrasco to make room for Jason Kubel


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) New Indians addition Jason Kubel officially joined the roster Saturday with Cleveland optioning pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus, MLB.com reports.

The 26-year-old Carrasco went 1-4 with a 6.85 ERA over 11 appearances and seven starts for the Indians this season. He has 28 strikeouts over 43 1/3 innings pitched.


Diamondbacks paying 'vast majority' of Jason Kubel's salary


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) The Diamondbacks will pay the "vast majority" of Indians outfielder Jason Kubel's salary, according to ESPN. 

Kubel is making $7.5 million this season. Kubel has mutual option for 2014, so he could remain with the Indians past this year. The team would have a pay a $1 million buyout if they choose not to bring Kubel back.

Kubel is hitting .220/.288/.324 in 241 at-bats. 


Will Jason Kubel rock in Cleveland?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/30/2013) Jason Kubel has a chance to redeem his season, now that he's been traded to the Indians. FOXSports.com reports that Kubel will get regular playing time as a designated hitter against right-handed pitchers, and that alone will enhance his value.

Kubel's playing time in Arizona dried up, as he was striking out frequently and hitting with little power. Progressive Field, Kubel's new home venue, plays well as a home run park for lefties, probably more so than his old home of Chase Field. If he doesn't start making more contact, though, Kubel will still be nothing more than an option for deep leagues.

Even at his best, as a platoon player, Kubel is not worth the trouble in standard mixed leagues. He is, however, worth a flyer in any format deeper than that.


Diamondbacks trade Jason Kubel to Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) The Indians and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade, shipping outfielder Jason Kubel to Cleveland in exchange for a minor-league player and cash, MLB.com reports. The trade is expected to be announced Friday.

Kubel, who has hit .220/.288/.324 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 241 at-bats, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.


Report: Diamondbacks close to trading Jason Kubel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) The Diamondbacks are getting close to trading outfielder Jason Kubel, and the Indians have emerged as a leading contender to land Kubel, the Arizona Republic reports. Kubel has hit .220/.288/.324 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 241 at-bats.

D-Backs DFA Jason Kubel


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) The Diamondbacks designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment prior to Tuesday's game against the Padres. He is hitting .220/.288/.324 with five homers and 32 RBI in 241 at-bats.

Jason Kubel sitting again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is not in the team's starting lineup for the fourth straight day.

Even with Cody Ross out, Kubel will not start. A.J. Pollock will play center while Adam Eaton moves to left. Kubel is hitting .223/.296/.335 in 224 at-bats. 


Jason Kubel can't get going vs. Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel endured a rough night at the plate in his first game back from a back injury Tuesday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Kubel finished 0 for 3 with a strikeout in a 5-2 defeat. He is hitting .231 with five homers and 27 RBI in 208 at-bats.

Jason Kubel returns to lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays after being scratched Sunday with a stiff back. Kubel enters play Tuesday mired in a 4-for-39 slump in his last 16 games (11 starts).

Arizona shopping Ian Kennedy, Jason Kubel


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Peter Gammons of MLB.com is reporting that the Diamondbacks are actively shopping starter Ian Kennedy and outfielder Jason Kubel before the trade deadline. 

Kubel and Kennedy are each in the midst of disappointing seasons with Arizona. Kubel is batting .234 over 205 at-bats with five homers and 27 RBI. Kennedy has gone 3-7 with a 5.22 ERA over 20 starts.