MLB News: Indians land outfielder Jason Kubel in trade with Arizona

(Update 10 a.m.: While no official announcement has been made, the Indians have reportedly landed Kubel for a Player to be Named Later. The Diamondbacks will help pay for the bulk of the money owed to Kubel.)

It’s no secret that the Indians have struggled offensively over the last month-plus. It looks like, at the very last minute, the front office might be finding a way to address that issue.

According to reports, Cleveland is emerging as a “strong possibility” to land recently waived Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Jason Kubel. MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo first put out the rumor on Twitter about an hour ago, followed by confirmation from the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro. It’s possible such a deal could be a trade for parts from the Tribe.

Kubel, 31, landed out west with a two-year, $16 million deal in the winter of 2011. The lefty batter slugged a career-high 30 home runs last season, finishing the year with a .253/.327/.506 line in 141 games. It’s been an entirely different story in 2013: He’s batting just .220/.288/.324 in 89 games, including a 9-for-75 (.120) mark at the plate since July 3.

Most well known in the AL Central for his solid seven-year career with the Minnesota Twins, Kubel is another left-handed option for the Indians to perhaps try out. He’s certainly better than giving Matt Carson any high-leverage at-bats, as Terry Francona did for some reason on Wednesday night. If injured Ryan Raburn is out any longer, even Kubel in his recent slumping ways could be a net positive.

So stay tuned on Friday morning to see if the Indians and Diamondbacks can work out their second deal in 12 months — including the Shin-Soo Choo, Didi Gregorius, Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs trade with Cincinnati last winter. The key thing to look out for would be the possible return for Arizona, as Kubel isn’t worth much more on his contract this season.

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  • 216in614

    .220/.288/.324…yeah he fits right in that lineup.

  • Kildawg

    As far as I know, the Tribe did get Kubel for the infamous Player To Be Named Later. It’s been real, Matt Carson.

  • Mark Shapiro

    World Series!

  • dchabz

    We don’t want anyone outshining the rest of the lineup. 80% of the time, we fail every time.

  • mgbode

    also, he’s a player who has been incredibly consistently decent the past 6 seasons who is completely underwhelming this year. he can come to the Indians knowing that is what we expect from our new guys.

  • mgbode

    Raburn replacement. Not a bad guy if he hits like he is capable of doing. He’s gone in a month, so hopefully we gave up virtually nothing for him.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    So the Tribe ditched right-handed Mark Reynolds to sign the left-handed version? Cool deal.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kubel wasn’t that bad until this year in fact he hardly played for Arizona lately or at least not much anyways. But this is the prototypical Indians deal which means he was either free or cost almost as much in the PTBNL.

  • left out

    neither kubel or shoppach will have much of an impact so why even bother picking them up. we desparately need an impact player that can help on offense and were picking up these broken down guys while just about every other contender is picking up waiver guys that will actually make a difference. these are sad attempts at trying to make it seem like were improving our ball club. it must be demoralizing for our players to see these moves and realize that the brass is making a half-ass attempt at improvement. i know i’m disappointed and i don’t blame them if they keep playing zombie baseball after this

  • JK