MLB Rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks Exploring Suitors For Jason Kubel
With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, many GM’s have been rummaging through each other’s rosters looking to inquire about certain trades. It seems that the Arizona Diamondbacks and GM Kevin Towers are listening in on offers for outfielder Jason Kubel. With the market for all outfield positions in the free agent market quickly diminishing due to the signings of B.J. Upton and Angel Pagan, teams are looking around at the possibility of trading players to fill their voids.
According to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, Kubel could quickly become a hot commodity among suitors. Last season, Kubel signed a two-year deal worth $16 million with a $7.5 million club option for 2014 and a mutual $7.5 million option for 2015. In his first year with Arizona, he hit .253 with 30 HR and 90 RBI. Also last season, Kubel stepped to the plate for the third highest amount in his career. The 30-year old corner outfielder is arguably coming off the second best season of his career.
So what does the market look like for Kubel?
Knowing the Kubel can play a corner outfield position and maybe a little first base or knowing that he also bats left handed is appealing to teams. Though a market has not presented itself for Kubel, I believe that a move back to the American League. Look for the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles to be in on a trade for Kubel. If none of those teams inquire about Kubel, then the Diamondbacks may look to eat some of his contract and trade him to a team with little financial flexibility.
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