CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves. The team acquired outfielder Jason Kubel and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to named later or cash. The recalled pitcher Scott Barnes from the AAA Columbus Clippers and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain.
Kubel, 31, has spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, hitting .220 (53-241) this year with 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 32 RBI in 89 games. He was designated for assignment by Arizona on August 27th. Jason enjoyed a solid campaign in his first year with the D-Backs in 2012, hitting .253. He hit 30 doubles, 30 home runs and a club-best 90 RBI in 141 games. He established new single-season career-bests in homers, walks, extra-base hits and runs while leading the National League in outfield assists.
The nine-year Major League veteran owns a career Major League batting average of .265 with 180 doubles, 139 home runs and 551 RBI in 983 games with the Minnesota Twins and Arizona since debuting in 2004. He finished tied for eighth in the American League with a career-high 103 RBI for the Twins in 2009. Kubel is signed thru 2013 with a mutual option for 2014.