Morales Signing Means End of the Road for Kubel in Minnesota
Lost in the fine print of the Kendrys Morales signing by the Twins Sunday is the end of the Jason Kubel era in Minnesota.
Kubel appeared in nearly 800 games over parts of eight seasons with the Twins, but was hitting just .224 this year, and only .158 since April. It was his first season back in Minnesota after departing for a free agent deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, following the 2011 season.
Kubel, who was born in Belle Fourche, was first selected by the Twins back in the 12th round of the 2000 draft, and hit 20 or more home runs three straight years (2008, 2009, 2010) in a Minnesota uniform.
His best season with the Twins was 2009, when he achieved career highs in games played (146), hits (154), doubles (35), RBI (103), batting average (.300), and slugging percentage (.539).
Kubel’s departure leaves the Twins with just four remaining players from the 2010 Central Division Championship team: Joe Mauer, Trevor Plouffe, Brian Duensing, and Glen Perkins.