That's the main thing that gets me...is that he was in Oakland. Plus the average was his lowest in several years. His OPS has always been around .850 and that's with less home runs. If he can get the average and on base back up, and maintain the power...he'll be very useful to plug in.
But Kubel also intrigues me because his drop off came the same exact year they moved to Target field. Now in Chase, I feel he'll have something to prove. I think he is the better all around hitter of the two, just with less power, but that might equalize with the home parks.
The main question is will Kubel get regular PT, with Parra in the mix, but then again, i'm not relying on him as an everyday option. He's just there to fill in the OF or UTIL on off days, or due to injury...or of course if he gets hot or has a resurgent type of year.
I'm still a bit torn, even with the responses so far
It certainly isn't a make or break kind of pickup (or keeping the Hammer), but I'd hate to sleep on Kubel and see him get picked up and hit .280/30/100 on me. My other thought is who is likely to have a 1st half surge that will allow me to use them as trade bait at the deadline to fill other needs. Since we're in a keeper league, I get the feeling Kubel might draw more interest if he blows up and might be considered a keeper by someone (he wouldn't be to me).