Kubel back for another go-around with the Twins

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2014 - 12:16 AM

The 31-year-old has returned to the Twins in hopes of putting a poor 2013 season behind him.

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BallFourJan. 25, 14 7:56 PM

Guys with this kind of injury history usually keep up that trend.

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trade51Jan. 25, 14 9:38 PM

Isn't it great now that his career has tanked,the Twins are good enough for Kubel,he must not be worried about the hitting at Target Field anymore.What's really sad is the Twins are so cheap,they think he can help.Business as usual with the Twins,now Gardy can replace Morny with another one of his BoBos in the club house.

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md56482Jan. 25, 1411:12 PM

why the complaints about Kubel? So what if he wanted to go elsewhere? He did that and did well until last year. Now, he'd like to come back. Good for both sides. If he does well, we'll all benefit. If not, the Twins have nothing to lose.

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mandichJan. 25, 1411:27 PM

Kubel was a better hitter and a much better fielder than Cuddyer but never got the love. I never understood it. When Kubel came to bat there always seemed to be a chance of something happening.

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slammanJan. 25, 1411:37 PM

Good acquisition. If the Twins had offered him a better deal before, he would have stayed. Get over it.

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alderman6770Jan. 26, 14 1:02 AM

mandich, Kubel was a much better fielder than Cuddyer? Umm...no. Statistically, as far as fielding % goes, it was a dead heat. But Cuddyer had an absolute cannon for an arm. Accurate, too. You were wise not to run on Cuddyer; couldn't say the same for Kubel. Even more, Cuddyer did a nice job filling in at first when Morneau went down. That said, I'm still glad Kubel's back to add some punch to the offense.

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jackstpJan. 26, 14 4:06 AM

Hope he can do well, the Twins need him. I am puzzled by him wanting to come back, though, he did complain a lot about Target Field and didn't really hit well there

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OldYellarJan. 26, 14 7:54 AM

I'm really glad he's back. He's got work ethic, class, and ability. Give him a chance to get his leg in shape and maybe return to his batting form as a DH.

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ericgus55Jan. 26, 14 8:46 AM

I cannot find any reason to criticize a guy who maximized his paychecks on the open market when his contracts were up. I also cannot find any reason to criticize the team's choice to bring him back on this sort of contract. There 's potential for upside, and essentially zero downside. And to add my two cents, in their primes, Michael Cuddyer was a much better defensive player than Jason Kubel (better arm, more versatile).

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chuckdancerJan. 26, 14 9:12 AM

Glad to have Jason back. I can't blame Kubel or Cuddyer for going for the big money. They earned the big pay days. Can't blame the Twins for offering a fair price based on past records. Very glad though to see Cuddyer break out in a big way

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