Jason Kubel Signs with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Surprise Move

Chris GreenCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2011

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 09: Jason Kubel #16 of the Minnesota Twins singles to right field in the first inning scoring Trevor Plouffe #24 during the game gainst the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 9, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a two year deal Monday. Kubel is the first position player the Diamondbacks have signed this season, and with a salary of $7,500,000, he is also the most expensive.

Kubel gives the Diamondbacks flexibility in the outfield. He can play left or right field, and will allow the Diamondbacks to use Gerardo Parra as a fourth outfielder, spelling any of the three outfield positions.

Kubel should be expected to hit at least .250 with 20 home runs, assuming that he is healthy.

Kubel could be a nice addition, but the signing does raise some questions.

At $7,500,000 a season Kubel will be the Diamondbacks’ highest paid player. 

He’s had only one season where he hit .300 and his health is a question mark, with Kubel only playing in 99 games last season. 

If Kubel can return to his 2009 form, when he hit .300 with 28 homeruns, then the signing could prove a success.

At the present it seems that the Diamondbacks could have stuck with Parra, who hit .292 last season, and used $7,500,000 elsewhere.

Only Kevin Towers and the rest of the front office staff know why the move was done for sure.  They could be acquiring Kubel in an effort to trade Parra.

At a salary of less than $500,000, an age of 24, a career batting average of .282, the ability to play every outfield position and a very strong arm, Parra could be a very desirable player.

Regardless of how the trade plays out, at the very least Diamondbacks’ fans will now be able to chant, “we need more Kuble.”