According to Heyman, the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring Kubel, but they are “disinclined” to part with the necessary young pitching to get him.
As far as the Mets are concerned, Heyman says they have inquired about both Kubel and Justin Upton, but says the price is too high for Upton and the Mets don’t feel Kubel is a “perfect fit.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’ve been saying for weeks (and as recently as a few days ago) that the the D-Backs want pitching, and the caliber of those pitchers with will determine if they trade you Justin Upton or Kubel. I don’t think the Mets are comfortable with the price tag in either deal.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Kubel’s coming off a big year with Arizona after a disappointing 2011 season with the Twins. He saw a resurgence in power in 2012 and also notched 30 doubles, despite striking out only 150 times. He’s not a very good defender. Also, the Mets have said they’re looking for right-handed power this winter and Kubel hits left-handed. He’s under control for $15 million through 2014 (the D-Backs holds a $7.5 million option for him in 2014).
Statistics and information on Jason Kubel...
Stats: Kubel, 30, hit .253 with a .327 OBP and .506 SLG, 30 home runs and 90 RBI with 57 walks and 151 strikeouts in 571 plate appearances last season.
Contract: Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million contract with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2014 before the 2012 season. He will earn $7.5 million in 2013.