The Diamondbacks completed their two year deal with outfielder Jason Kubel that will pay the outfielder $15 million. Prior to getting hit with the injury bug in 2011, Kubel had hit at least 20 homer runs in his previous three years. His best season was 2009 when he hit 28 home runs and finished with an OPS of .907.
Kubel is consistent. He draws some walks and that’s helped him garner a career OPS of .794. Target Field is a pitcher’s park as was the Metrodome to a point and he’s had OPS+’s of at least 105 in each of the past five seasons. He’s now moving to the more hitting friendly Chase Field so you’d expect his production to go up a bit. The money also seemed a bit more then I would have expected but in the end, the Diamondbacks got their guy.
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