Diamondbacks sign Kubel to 2-year deal

Dec 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

PHOENIX, AZ (AP) - The Minnesota Twins saw another of their longtime pillars walk away Monday, as free agent outfielder Jason Kubel signed a two- year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kubel, is a 29-year-old left-handed hitter, who has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Twins who drafted him in the 12th round of the 2000 amateur draft.

Last season, Kubel hit .273 with 12 home runs and 58 runs batted in. Kubel's best season came back in 2009, when he clubbed 28 homers and drove in 103 runs while batting .300 for the American League Central champions.

Kubel has played both right field and left field extensively in his career, and could push Gerardo Parra for the starting left field spot. Parra batted .292 last season and won his first career Gold Glove.

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