Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 8/30/13
In another strange move in what has been a very much against the grain season as far as roster moves are concerned, the Cleveland Indians have traded a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jason Kubel. Indians fans remember Kubel as a part time outfielder and DH for the Twins from 2004 through 2011. In 2012, Kubel had a stand out season (30 home runs and 90 RBI) in his first year of a two year $15 million contract. This year, however, he has struggled through 89 games, batting just .220 with five home runs on the year. The Indians largely signed Kubel to replace Ryan Raburn during the next two series, against Detroit and Baltimore. These are the biggest series left in the season for the Tribe and they will face no left handed starters (against whom he has batted just .162). Kubel will be able to play right field and DH, providing the Indians with more flexibility than Jason Giambi can offer from the bench and will likely be used extensively until Raburn's ret...
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