New D-back Kubel not worried about his glove
The Diamondbacks signed the former Minnesota Twin to a two-year, $15 million contract because of what he can do at the dish, not in the outfield.
However, that doesn't mean you should expect defense on par with, say, an Alex Cabrera or Erubiel Durazo.
"I can make all the plays, I do what I can do to make the plays, make the right throws, just do everything the right way," Kubel told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "That's all you can ask for."
True, nobody will be expecting Kubel to go out and win a Gold Glove like Gerardo Parra did last season, but as long as he's a league-average defender his bat should go a long way toward making up for whatever shortcomings he has in the field.
"I'm not a pretty big talker, but I really don't care what a lot of so-called 'experts' have to say about it, as long as my team feels comfortable and puts me out there I'm fine with it," he said.
Kubel will be out there plenty, though manager Kirk Gibson's job will be to rotate four guys who could start for anybody in baseball through three different outfield spots.
"We're all going to get plenty of at bats and it's not going to be an issue," Kubel said. "Whatever lineup we have out there is what we feel is the best to win that day."
Jason Kubel hit .300 with 28 home runs and 103 RBI three years ago for the Twins. If he can come close to numbers this season, he'll be sure to get plenty of at bats.
And the Diamondbacks will likely to plenty of winning, too.
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