Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Trading Jason Kubel won't bring the Diamondbacks much in return, it appears.
There was some hope in Arizona that the Diamondbacks might be able to trade Jason Kubel this winter for a solid prospect or even some big league help. It wasn't a ridiculous hope considering his 30-home run, 90-RBI year in 2012, but there is a reason those statistics aren't the holy grail that they used to be.
Kubel isn't quite the player that his 30-90 numbers would suggest. Most other statistics do not look very favorably upon him, nor do his home-road splits. Because of that, along with his defense and age (30), it doesn't appear as if he would bring much back in a trade.
Kubel .910 OPS home, .757 road in '12. Also below-avg in LF per advanced metrics. "They wouldn't get a lot for him," exec says of #DBacks.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 27, 2012
Who wants a 30-old-year, sub-par defensive left fielder who benefited from the way the ball flies out of Chase Field and can't do much else besides hit the ball far?
The Diamondbacks may have to consider other options if they want to add talent. Trading Kubel doesn't appear to be the way to do it.