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Jason Kubel returns to the Twins on minor league deal

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 01: Jason Kubel #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI double against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning of the MLB Opening Day game at Chase Field on April 1, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Jason Kubel left Minnesota to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with Arizona following the 2011 season, but after one good year and one bad year Darren Wolfson of reports that he’s returning to the Twins on a minor-league deal.

At this point in his career Kubel should really be a platoon designated hitter, which would keep him from having to play defense or face left-handed pitching, but the Twins already have a few guys who fit those descriptions.

Kubel hit just .216 with five homers and a .610 OPS in 97 games for the Diamondbacks and Indians for by far the worst numbers of his career at age 31, but in 2012 he batted .253 with 30 homers and an .833 OPS.

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