Cleveland Indians Acquire OF Jason Kubel from Arizona Diamondbacks
In a move that may yet prove pivotal in the 2013 AL pennant chase, the Cleveland Indians have traded for outfielder Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported Thursday night. The D-Backs will receive a minor league player and cash in return.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30
From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Kubel adds depth for #Indians. Will play against RHP, mostly as DH, occasionally in OF. Better than AAA options. PTBN is fringe prospect.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 30, 2013
Battling leg injuries since spring training and seeing his production hit a steep decline, Kubel has been in the midst of a difficult season and was recently designated for assignment in Arizona. Through 89 games, Kubel has hit .220 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 241 at-bats. By comparison, Kubel hit .253 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012.
Prior to joining the Diamondbacks, the 31-year-old slugger spent the previous seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins, topping 20 home runs in three of his final four seasons in the AL Central division.
Cleveland hopes Kubel can manage to string together a productive last few weeks of the season. At 71-62, the Indians are currently 6.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the division and 4.0 back of the Oakland A's in the AL wild-card standings. The team has a golden opportunity to put a serious dent in their divisional deficit with a three-game series against Detroit starting on Friday.
As for Arizona, it's looking to part ways in an expensive investment that has proved ever disappointing in 2013. Currently 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, the Diamondbacks haven't been eliminated just yet.
Check back with B/R for more updates on the deal.
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