Kubel may interest O's, but maybe not his price

Kubel may interest O's, but maybe not his price
January 6, 2013, 9:15 pm
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With the Orioles apparently still interested in augmenting their offense, the name of Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is circulating as a possibility. However, the report circulating this weekend also says there is no deal looking imminent.

Kubel’s bat, which produced 30 home runs and 90 RBIs last season, would look sharp in the Orioles lineup. He could play left field or be installed as the designated hitter. However, according to a tweet from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Arizona’s request for young pitching in exchange for Kubel has met with a lack of enthusiasm in Baltimore.

Kubel, 30, is owed $7.5 million on a contract that expires after 2013, though there is a $7.5 million team option for 2014. Last season was his first in the National League after he spent the first seven years of his career with the Twins. The 30 homers represent a career-high and the fourth season he has had at least 20 home runs. Kubel has driven in at least 90 runs three times and has a career batting average of .268 and on-base percentage of .334.

The report that the Orioles are not interested in giving up young pitching for Kubel raises the question of who the young pitching is — obviously, they aren’t dealing Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman — or whether the O’s don’t feel Kubel is worth any young arms. However, you would have to believe that most teams looking to deal with the Orioles would be seeking exactly that in return. So it seems unlikely that the Orioles won’t make any deal that involves young pitching — or else they may not be making any deals at all.