Pirates interested in Twins’ Kubel
With less than two days remaining until Sunday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Pirates have their eyes on a number of position players that could provide an offensive boost. One of them, a source confirmed to MLB.com, is Minnesota’s Jason Kubel.
The Pirates have a strong interest in Kubel but have to wait until the Twins determine whether or not the outfielder/designated hitter is even available. With their Friday night game not yet finished, the Twins sit 6 ½ games back in the American League Central. They would have to leapfrog three clubs to move to the top of the division.
The source noted that if the Twins are willing to deal Kubel, it would cost the Pirates some prospects. It wouldn’t, however, likely require that the Pirates part with their top tier of prospects, which the organization is hesitant to do.
Kubel would be able to slot into the Pirates’ lineup as an everyday right fielder. Though the 29-year-old wouldn’t be a defensive upgrade, he would bolster the Pirates’ offense. He has hit .308 with 15 doubles, six homers and 36 RBIs in 59 games this year. Kubel missed nearly two months with a sprained left foot and came off the DL last week.
– Jenifer Langosch