Trade fits for Kubel, Diamondbacks
December, 23, 2012
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireJason Kubel brings pop from the left side, but he comes with question marks.The Arizona Diamondbacks now have a glut of outfielders with the signing of Cody Ross, writes Nick Piecoro. The Diamondbacks' intent is to trade another outfielder, and privately, some in the organization have indicated that the most likely guy to go is Jason Kubel.
This is why this deal makes sense from Arizona's perspective: Kubel is regarded as a very subpar outfielder, while Ross is average, and a better athlete (with more speed) -- at the same price. Piecoro notes that the signing of Ross raises some questions of logic about Arizona's plan. If defense is being given a greater value by the Diamondbacks, why did Arizona trade away Chris Young -- a better defender than Ross, as well as being younger and carrying less long-term financial burden -- early in the offseason for a modest package?