At the last possible moment, or close to it, the Cleveland Indians brought in some offensive help via a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks to bring in Jason Kubel. It is generally good move for the Tribe but it isn’t a season saving move. At this point in the season there are very few season changing moves left to be made. Kubel could have a positive effect on the Indians but he will not be enough to help them win the American League Central division.
After a good 2012 where he slammed 30 homers, he has been bothered by injuries this season and unable to get his timing going. A lot of times a trade like this will be really good for a player like Kubel. Chances are he will up his performance once Terry Francona decides how and where to get him play consistently. The fact of the matter is that he should plug him in somewhere because what they are doing now surely is not working. Bench someone that isn’t hitting and give Kubel a chance I say.
Even if Kubel is at his career best for the remainder of the season I don’t believe the Indians can come back in the A. L. Central. They are fifth in the wildcard rankings and 4.5 games out before the end of their game on Saturday. That is a small enough difference that he could make the difference up for them. What could be problematic in that area is the number of teams between they and the leaders. Kubel might be that big of a boost at his best but he can’t boost them enough to catch the Detroit Tigers. Only the Tigers can close that gap.