The Arizona Diamondbacks are ironing out the final details of a two-year, $15 million contract with free agent outfielder Jason Kubel.
A person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified because no official announcement had been made, said the deal is expected to be finalized by Tuesday at the latest.
The addition comes as something of a surprise because it would send left fielder Gerardo Parra to the bench as the Diamondbacks' fourth outfielder. Parra had a breakthrough season a year ago, batting .292 and winning a Gold Glove as one of the game's best defensive outfielders.
Kubel would add a lefthanded-hitting slugger to the batting order. He had 104 home runs and 429 RBIs in seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins.