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#1 Thrylos


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

And I did not see that coming with Arcia, Doumit, Parmelee

Minor league deal with invitation to ST. No roster space needed.

Edited by Thrylos, 13 December 2013 - 10:41 AM.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:43 AM

Someone has to get traded now, right? I don't see how Kubel fits with the 25 man roster with the guys you mentioned plus Willingham.

Edit: Darren Wolfson just tweeted that it is a minor league deal for Kubel.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:48 AM

Not really surprising, they did the same for Jacque Jones a few years back. Hopefully he rakes again but he's probably done.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:50 AM

He's only a year out from a pretty decent year. He's not that old either. Little risk. This is a great signing.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:54 AM

Even at a minor league price, Kubel seems kind of redundant with Arcia, Doumit, and Willingham around.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:55 AM

I love it (only because it's a minor league deal). Yes, he is competing with a handful of other LH power hitting DHs that need to be platooned. If we're only filling a part time DH/PH off the bench, I'd rather have Kubel in that role than Parmelee.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:57 AM

On a minor league deal, it makes some sense. He still has some potential. Maybe this makes a trade of Doumit or Willingham a little more likely (I realize it doesn't solve the LH/RH dilemma and that TF was not particularly suited to Kubel).

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:01 AM

On a minor league deal. That's a pretty good signing. They don't have to work out the Doumit/Parmelee/Colabello log jam just yet.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:04 AM

If it works out and he makes the roster without taking away playing time for the youngsters it's great. Possibly he fills a roll similar to Clement in AAA last year - if he accepts it. I do like him as a late inning PH type ala Thome a few years ago - or if you want to go waaaay back, Jim Dwyer.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:04 AM

Pretty good spare part signing.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

If Gardenhire uses Kubel as he should (strictly a platoon DH vs. RH), I believe the deal could work out very well.
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:08 AM

Glad he's back. Welcome home Kubes. Perhaps we do the same to Santana just yet.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:11 AM

I didn't think Kubel had a shot of coming back to Minnesota, mainly because I thought he'd get something more than a minor league deal. I was wrong on both counts!

I like this move for the Twins. Low risk, potentially high reward without using up a 40 man spot.

Edited by iTwins, 13 December 2013 - 11:14 AM.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:13 AM

Great signing! Kubel Kubel Kubel

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:18 AM

Um a big Jason fan , but huh? Isint this team filled with slow footed Dh types?
I understand we want to replace some of Justins power from the left side, but where does he play , other then in Rochester? He is better then Willingham and Doumit in the outfield, But we are building a heck of a log jam, Colabello,Parmelee,Doumit,Arcia,Willingham and now Kubel.
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:18 AM

You can view the page at http://www.twinsdail...nor-League-Deal

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:23 AM

Platoon in RF with Plouffe and Kubel would be extremely effective. Doubt they do it, but I don't really consider Parmelee a real option going forward. If he gets off to a slow start he might be buried on the depth chart.
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:29 AM

I like this signing a lot. He probably doesn't improve the big league club as it stands now but if he's willing to accept starting in Rochester (and I assume he is since it's a minor league deal) he'll be a decent replacement if injuries happen. And who knows, he could return to 2012 form.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

Happy for this signing. Speaks volumes on how the organization feels about Parmelee.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:31 AM

Very cool! I hope he makes a good comeback!