Kubel deal is low in risk, but likely low in reward: Tribe Talk

Jason Kubel, dreaming of the day, he'll be waived and scooped up by the Indians for cash and spare parts.
Jason Kubel, dreaming of the day, he'll be waived and scooped up by the Indians for cash and spare parts.
Jason Kubel, dreaming of the day, he'll be waived and scooped up by the Indians for cash and spare parts.

Jason Kubel, dreaming of the day he’ll be waived and scooped up by the Indians for spare parts.

Late Thursday night, your Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Jason Kubel from Arizona for a Player to be Named Later. The left-handed hitting Kubel whom you may remember from his days in Minnesota was someone whom the Indians looked at two winters ago in the free agent market. He eventually signed a two-year $16 million deal with the Diamondbacks, hitting 30 homers and driving in 90 runs in 2012. This season, however, has been one to forget.

The 31-year old has battled leg injuries all year and was designated for assignment by the D’Backs earlier in the week. In 89 games this season, he is hitting just .220/.288/.324 with five home runs and 32 RBIs. Essentially, he is taking over the Mark Reynolds spot. The Tribe now has to hope that unlike Reynolds, Jason is able to regain his form over the last month of the season. Not having to play in the outfield will help him.

He comes to Cleveland amidst a 5-33 slump (.152); all five hits are singles. Obviously this isn’t a transaction that will move the needle, but Kubel has the ability and the Indians are flat out desperate for offensive help. It hasn’t been for a lack of trying. The Balitmore Orioles have essentially blocked every single waiver bat with a claim and they have been ahead of the Indians in the waiver order. It has been reported that The O’s have claimed Seattle’s Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales and Minnesota’s Josh Willingham ahead of the Tribe. They haven’t worked out any sort of deals for any of these players as of yet and probably won’t. Unfortunately, it is all part of the game.

Kubel, however, snuck through and is now an Indian. Because he was designated for assignment, the pull-back portion of waivers didn’t exist for Kubel. Therefore had the Orioles claimed him, they would have to take him on at his current salary, plus he has a buyout after the season of $1 million. Reports are that the Diamndbacks will assume nearly all of the $2.5 million remaining as well as the buyout figure.

After being DFA’d Tuesday, Kubel spoke of his tough 2013 season.

“Just trying to stay healthy and stay in the lineup, it was a rough year for that,” Kubel said. “It’s hard to figure everything out; I just couldn’t put together why it happened. It’s tough, but it’s part of the business. I wasn’t helping my case anyways. That’s just how it is, I’ll just try to keep going.”

For his career, Jason is a .265/.330/.456 hitter in nine seasons. He has hit .248/.311/.482 with eight homers and 16 RBIs in 151 at-bats at Progressive Field.

Don’t get too excited here. This is a move that essentially tells me the Indians know they need to try anything to get this offense going. If Kubel was any great shakes, the D’Backs would still be hanging onto him. The same goes for Reynolds with the Tribe.

(Image: Glamour Shots, probably)

  • WFNYJacob

    More notably, TD, Kubel is in a 9-for-75 (.120) slump since July 3.

  • Natedawg86

    So if the Os claim Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales and Minnesota’s Josh Willingham and don’t sign them, do they go back on waivers? Even more of a reason to pound them in the upcoming series.

  • tolbuck

    Willingham, Morse, and Morales cannot go back on waivers. Once a player is pulled back from waivers they cannot be traded until the offseason.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    C’mon man!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The FO has spoken, finally, well okay more like a chuckling whisper but who cares they finally did something. Inspirational message after being swept by Atlanta as the team heads into the lions den to face the Tigers. Even better maybe Detroit won’t play Miguel Cabrera giving the Indians at least a sporting chance.

  • Natedawg86

    So Balt said they could just give them a bag of bats, and the team that put the guy on waivers says FO, and that is it?

  • Natedawg86

    He said he is playing. If they were smart, they would bench him and use him as a pinch hitter and run for him when he gets a hit. Only need a few runs to beat CLE lately.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    We’ll see my fantasy team needs him but realistically at best he should only DH.

  • tolbuck

    Yes. Most waiver claims at this time of the year are to prevent trades rather than to facilitate trades.

  • Cool yearbook photo. All that’s missing is the lasers in the background

  • Keith

    The caption lol!

  • Jason Hurley

    Isn’t this the time of the cycle when the Indians win a bunch of games and we all get guardedly hopeful again? I’m waiting….

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Personally I think the Indians have been cycled out for the last month this doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t win some games I just don’t expect a run of maybe more then three victories in a row. I think they were over performing and this last month things have just caught up to them.

  • YAY! I didn’t realize Mark Reynolds had a left handed blood relative!

  • Garry_Owen

    First Modell. Now this.
    Maybe my daughter was on to something when a couple of years ago (as a 6-year old) she referred to Baltimore as “Voldemort.”
    The City That Shall Not Be Named.
    Can we sign Harry Potter off of waivers?

  • The Other Tim

    Nothing shakes an offense out of its slumber like a .265 hitter in a career ending slump.

  • mgbode

    although the other team can “dump” their contract on the team that claims them (if you put in a claim, then you cannot refuse the player for ‘nothing’).

  • mgbode
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You r supposed to make it better besides the schedule gets easier and now you not only added Kubel but Shoppach as well. It’s time for the Indians to go on the warpath!!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Cabrera is starting tonight!

  • They should go for it.