Jason Kubel signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a strange signing for them because they already have a ton of outfielders and they don't need a DH. Perhaps they are hoping to trade one of the other ones or something.
I always admired and respected Kubes, and I appreciated his contributions, but I regret that I never really grew to love him like I did for some of the other Twins players. Maybe because he was so quiet and, well, bland. Maybe because he always looked like he was sneering. Who knows? And, no matter.
My favorite moment has to be his come-from-behind, go-ahead grand slam off Mariano Rivera to beat the Yankees.
The Twins will receive a sandwich round draft pick as compensation.
I sincerely wish him the best of luck in Arizona and I hope he wins over lots of great fans.
...but not so much of a "marquee" signing. (Bad pun. And not at all original. Sorry.)
The Twins have signed RHP Jason Marquis to a one-year deal. He's kind of an average pitcher who's spent his entire career in the National League (which generally features weaker hitting than the American League).
This is the actual conversation I had with my son:
Me: "The Twins have signed right-handed pitcher ..... (expecting him to guess someone)Ok, he's probably not all that bad. His numbers and pitching style is much like Nick Blackburn's. Which will be just fine if both of them can put together more than 4 great starts in a row.
mini-bro: "Oooh. Um. I don't know. Who?"
Me: "Jason Marquis"
mini-bro: "Why did you get my hopes up like that?"