As the Minnesota Twins continue their Spring Training session down in Fort Myers, news continues to come out from all angles. With plenty of teams in Minnesota providing reunions for former players, including the Twins and Torii Hunter, there’s always some intrigue when a former name hits the market. It appears that Jason Kubel won’t be back in Minnesota, or potentially anywhere, any time soon.
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press continues to be one of the most plugged in reporters on the Twins beat. In speaking with Jason Kubel’s brother-in-law, and current Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin, Berardino found out that Kubel isn’t actively seeking employment in baseball.
Tonkin told Berardino that Kubel isn’t “actively seeking anything.” At this point, Jason Kubel is at home with family and offering his services as a coach for his son’s baseball team.
Last season, the Twins tried to circle the wagons bringing in Jason Bartlett, Kubel, and Matt Guerrier. Bartlett quickly showed he had nothing left and ended up hanging his cleats up in April. Kubel struggled through the early portion of the season for the Twins and was released when the club signed Kendrys Morales midway through the season. Guerrier did get innings in for the Twins, but has yet to find a place to play for the upcoming season.
At 32 years old, it would appear that Jason Kubel is content with moving on from the game of baseball. A successful 10 year major league career, much of which was spent with the Twins, Kubel can walk away from the game on his own terms. Although the last season spent with the Twins was void of many memories Twins Territorians had of the former slugger, he provided plenty of excitement in some good years at the Metrodome.
For Tonkin, he will continue to work towards cracking the 25 man roster with the Twins when they head up north from Fort Myers.