Twins bring Kubel back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Outfielder Jason Kubel has returned to the Minnesota Twins, agreeing to a minor league contract.
The 31-year-old had 104 homers and 429 RBIs in seven seasons with Minnesota. He left after the 2011 season to sign with Arizona and was traded to Cleveland last August. He hit a combined .216 last season, when he had five homers and 32 RBIs with the Diamondbacks. He didn’t drive in any runs in 18 at-bats with the Indians, who declined a $7.5 million option.
Kubel was limited by injuries to 99 games in his last season with Minnesota, batting .273 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs. His best season came in 2009, when he hit .300 with 28 homers and 103 RBIs.
Kubel has 139 home runs and 551 RBIs in his nine-year career.
Royals ink Infante
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals might have found their answer at second base.
The Royals and veteran Omar Infante reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract Friday night.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore has said throughout the offseason that upgrading at second base was a priority. Kansas City used six players at the position last season, though none did enough to make the Royals feel comfortable moving forward.
Infante, who turns 32 on Dec. 26, would stabilize second base in Kansas City for the first time in years. He hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 118 games for Detroit last season.