D-backs strike deal sending Kubel to Indians
By Steve Gilbert / 8/30/2013 12:07 A.M. ET
PHOENIX -- The Indians and D-backs have agreed to a deal to send outfielder Jason Kubel to Cleveland in exchange for a Minor Leaguer and cash, a baseball source said on Thursday night.
It is not known which Minor Leaguer is involved in the deal, which is expected to be announced Friday.
Kubel was designated for assignment by the D-backs on Tuesday when the team needed to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for left-hander David Holmberg, who was called up from Double-A to start that night.
Kubel, 31, is in the final year of a two-year, $16 million contract and is making $7.5 million in 2013. There is mutual option for $7.5 million for 2014, which includes a $1 million buyout.
The 2013 season has been a frustrating one for Kubel, who has battled a variety of leg ailments. After slugging 30 homers and compiling an .833 on-base plus slugging for the D-backs in 2012, he slumped to a slash line of .220/.288/.324 this year.
"Just trying to stay healthy and stay in the lineup, it was a rough year for that," Kubel said Tuesday of his struggles. "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."
With his playing time diminished, the D-backs elected to DFA him and try to find a trade partner.
They found one in the Indians, who are looking to bolster their offense as they make a push for a postseason berth.
On Thursday night, Cleveland dropped a 3-1 decision to Atlanta at Turner Field, suffering a three-game series sweep at the hands of the National League East-leading Braves. Beginning on Friday, the Indians open a critical three-game road series with the first-place Tigers, who hold a 6 1/2-game lead on the Indians in the AL Central.
The Indians' offense has labored in August, ranking last in the AL in average (.227), on-base percentage (.295), slugging percentage (.354) and runs scored (85) for the month.
"I'm confident I can still play, but we'll see if I get a chance," Kubel said Tuesday. "Hopefully I can play some meaningful games for somebody else."
It appears that he will get his wish in Cleveland.