It did not take Jason Kubel long to find a new home. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who designated Kubel for assignment earlier this week, agreed to send him to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The lefty-hitting outfielder will now try to help the Tribe make their first postseason appearance since 2007.
The 31-year-old Kubel was a good acquisition by General Manager Kevin Towers. In 2012, his lone full season with the D-Backs, he led the team with a career-high 30 home runs and also ranked first with 90 runs batted in. He was counted on to be a vital member of the D’back outfield for 2013. However, nagging injuries plagued Kubel all season long, limiting him to only 241 at-bats and only five home runs. He had been mainly reduced to a pinch-hitting role as he started only five games in August. I will remember that his last hit as a member of the D-Backs came off the bench against Reds‘ fireballer Aroldis Chapman.
We wish Jason Kubel much success as the newest member of the Indians.