Jason Kubel
Jason Kubel
37-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Twins in December of 2013.
OFFree Agent  
February 25, 2015
Kubel hasn't officially retired, but isn't actively seeking a contract, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Kubel hit just .224 in 45 games for the Twins last season before being released and he didn't play again. It sounds like he's basically decided to retire at age 32.
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Kubel's second season in Arizona didn't go nearly as well as his first as he hit just .220/.288/.324 before heading to Cleveland as part of a waiver-trade in late August. He didn't get much playing time with the Indians, who declined the 2014 option on his contract after the season. Kubel's disappointing season led him to sign a minor league deal with Minnesota. He'll get a chance to win a reserve outfielder role and it's not inconceivable he could win the DH role with the Twins. There are growing issues with Kubel's ability to make contact, as his strikeout rate soared to a career-high 31.7 percent last season as part of a five-year trend. Still, he's just one year removed from a 30-home run season, so there's still bounceback potential.
Kubel's move out of Target Field enabled a recovery in his power, as he went deep a career-high 30 times while posting the second-best slugging percentage of his career (.506). Certainly, his new home park helped, as Kubel hit .262/.346/.563 at Chase Field and just .244/.309/.449 on the road. Kubel's 2013 fantasy value could decline due to a possible trade out of Arizona, as well as his ongoing struggles against lefties and a career-high 26.4 percent strikeout rate last season. Previously carrying a reputation as an injury prone player, Kubel went over the 140 games mark for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and a similar number of at-bats should be on tap again in 2013 as the D-Backs will give him occasional rest due to their logjam of talent in the outfield.
Kubel was about the only thing going right for the Twins in the first half of last season as he was hitting .310 with a .820 OPS before going on the DL with a sprained left foot in early June. He had several setbacks (including a bone bruise) and played just 38 games the rest of the season, hitting just .214 over that span. Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggles against left-handed pitching (.678 career OPS) which could limit his playing time. His foot didn't suffer any structural damage, so he's expected to be ready for spring training. Look for him to work mostly in left field for the D-Backs after signing a two-year deal with Arizona in December.
While Kubel had 21 home runs and 92 RBI, he posted the worst batting average and OPS of his career for a full season (he hit just .249 with a .750 OPS). He started very slow with a .219 average and .619 OPS in April and then had an up-and-down summer. He may have been just a bit unlucky with a career low .280 BABIP for a full season. Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggles against left-handed pitching (.655 OPS) which could limit his playing time. He'll be back in the starting lineup at DH and also get some starts in right field.
Kubel had the best season of his career in 2009 as he continued to improve his power numbers and stayed healthy. He's always had good plate discipline and power, but hit a career-high 28 home runs at age 27. He continues to struggle against left-handed pitching (.643 OPS) which could limit his playing time. But there are plenty of reasons to think he can sustain last year's success given his strong minor league track record and with two consecutive seasons without the problems with his knees after 2004 ACL surgery previously sidetracked his career. While he'll still get some occasional starts in the outfield, he'll enter 2010 as Minnesota's primary DH.
Kubel finally put together a full season after years of knee problems and had a breakout year as Minnesota's DH. Kubel put up monster numbers in the minors before 2004 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee and then had ups and downs for 2.5 years before a strong second half to 2007. He picked up where he left off with good plate discipline and power. He continued to be platooned against most left-handed pitching (.833 OPS vs. RH and .733 vs. LH), a trend that may continue in 2009. At age 27 in 2009, he could be ready for a career year.
For a year and a half, Kubel just wasn't the same hitter who put up monster numbers in the minors before 2004 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He struggled in 2006 after missing the entire 2005 season as his knee continued to be a problem. Last season he plodded along by hitting .250/.302/.404 in the first half and even seemed to have lost his former ability to draw walks. But Kubel caught fire in the second half, hitting .303/.379/.511 after the All-Star break. When healthy, Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggled last year against left-handed pitching (just .236 vs. lefties). He'll start the season as the DH and get some playing time in left field, but he could also be platooned at either position. Still, his strong second half could signal he's finally all the way back after knee surgery and could be a nice value based on his full-season numbers.
Kubel will contend for a starting job at DH or left field after an up-and-down, injury-plagued season. He returned after missing all of 2005 due to surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He started off strong by hitting .291/.324/.485 in the first half, but in early July started to have soreness in both knees. He struggled in the second half, hitting just .163/.209/.233 with limited playing time. He had surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee in the offseason, which he believes came from overcompensating from his left knee injury. When healthy, Kubel has good plate discipline and power. He could produce a breakout season if he wins regular playing time and stays healthy.
Kubel missed the entire 2005 season after major knee surgery and it's uncertain if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Kubel rocketed up the charts of baseball's top hitting prospects after tearing up Double-A and Triple-A in 2004 and was set for a starting job with the Twins in 2005 before suffering a knee injury in the Arizona Fall League. His recovery has gone slower than expected and he may not be at full speed when spring training starts. If healthy, he could start at DH or right field and has a lot of upside given his strong minor league stats. However, his status for 2006 is unclear.
Kubel rocketed up the charts of baseball's top hitting prospects after tearing up Double-A and Triple-A before a late-season call-up to the Twins that saw him even start at DH in a playoff game. He hit an amazing .328/.394/.557 combined between the three stops. Unfortunately in the offseason Kubel suffered extensive ligament damage to his left knee as well as a torn ACL in the Arizona Fall League. As a result, he's expected to miss the entire 2005 season. Don't forget about him in keeper leagues as he'll likely contend for a starting job in the outfield with the Twins in 2006 if healthy.
Kubel is yet another rising Twins outfield prospect who had an impressive ability to get on-base last season. Another strong season could see him become a factor in 2005. The only worry is a drop off in power (just four HR after 17 HR in low Single-A ball in 2002). If he hits for power he could rise quickly.
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OFFree Agent  
June 17, 2014
Kubel officially cleared waivers and is a free agent, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Jason Kubel: Does Not Accept Assignment
OFFree Agent  
June 13, 2014
Kubel will reject his outright assignment to Triple-A and will be released by the Twins, making him a free agent, MLB Trade Rumors' Zach Links reports.
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Jason Kubel: Designated For Assignment
OFMinnesota Twins  
June 8, 2014
Kubel was designated for assignment Sunday afternoon, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
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OFMinnesota Twins  
June 2, 2014
Kubel is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers, Andrew Gruman of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.
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OFMinnesota Twins  
June 1, 2014
Kubel struck out in all four of his at-bats in Sunday's win over the Yankees.
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