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Current Minnesota Twins outfielder and designated hitter Jason Kubel would be a great fit for the Red Sox.
Kubel has experience as a designated hitter, so unlike players who have never played the position before, there’s no concern about him struggling to put all of his efforts into that role.
Some players cannot handle life as a full-time designated hitter. On a day when they struggle at the plate, they rely upon their play in the field to pick them up. So when they lose their ability to make up a bad offensive day with a good defensive day, they mentally cannot handle it.
That's not a problem here.
Kubel has hit at least 20 home runs and 78 RBI each of the past three seasons. His career year came in 2009 when he hit .300, slugged .539, hit 28 home runs, 103 RBI and had a .369 on-base percentage.
He won’t be the most versatile player the Red Sox could acquire, but if they needed him to play in the field he is OK in the outfield. He’s nothing worth writing home about defensively, but he can be adequate.
Kubel also can be had at a reasonable price, at least by the standards of the Red Sox, and at 29 years old he still has many good years ahead of him (especially if he were in the Red Sox' talented lineup).