The Cleveland Indians, who continue to make a push for playoffs, acquired another outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jason Kubel will be added to the Indians’ roster and the Diamondbacks will get cash and a minor league player to be named later.
Kubel, who is 31, has a career batting average of .265 with 139 home runs over the past 9 seasons with Minnesota and Arizona. He hit 30 home runs and collected 90 RBIs last year in Arizona. This season he has dealt with a series of leg injuries that have kept him sidelined for the majority of the season.
This season, he’s hit .220 with 5 home runs in 89 games. The Diamondbacks designated Kubel for assignment earlier this week before working a deal out with the Indians.
Cleveland is 4 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the race for the second AL wild card spot and clearly after the series with the Atlanta Braves, need offensive help. They are dead last in the league this month with .650 team OPS and are tied with Tampa Bay for fewest runs scored this month at 85.
As for money, Kubel is making $7.5 million this season which is the final year of his two-year, $16 million contract. His contract includes a $7.5 million mutual option and $1 million buyout for next year.
Good news for the Indians, the Diamondbacks will pay the “Vast majority” of Kubel’s remaining salary and buyout as they seem to have gotten the short end of the deal. They will also be getting a lower-tier prospect from the Cleveland farm system.