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Diamondbacks DFA Jason Kubel

To make room for pitching prospect David Holmberg on the 25 man roster, the Arizona Diamondbacks have designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment, the club announced.

The Diamondbacks signed Kubel to a two year contract worth $16 million preceding the 2012 season. The club holds a team option worth $7.5 million on Kubel for 2014, and the buyout will cost them $1 million.

Prior to his tenure in Arizona, Kubel spent 8 years in the Minnesota Twins organization, splitting his playing time between the outfield and designated hitter positions. He was worth 4.6 WAR as a Twin, with a career year coming in 2009 when he hit .300/.369/.539 with a 137 OPS+, 28 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a 24th place MVP finish. As a Diamondback, Kubel has played primarily left field, and posted an above-average .253/.327/.506 line in 2012. He also set career-highs in home runs (30) and walk rate (10%) while posting a .352 wOBA last year. This year, he has been wildly disappointing, hitting just .220/.288/.324 with a 63 wRC+ and .270 wOBA.

John Sickels ranked Holmberg the 5th best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization entering the season, projecting him as a "workhorse inning-eater type." He has a 2.66 ERA in over 152 innings for Double-A Mobile this season. The lefty is slated to make his major league debut tonight against the San Diego Padres.

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