Trade fits for Kubel, Diamondbacks

Updated: December 23, 2012, 11:08 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Arizona Diamondbacks now have a glut of outfielders with the signing of Cody Ross, writes Nick Piecoro. The Diamondbacks' intent is to trade another outfielder, and privately, some in the organization have indicated that the most likely guy to go is Jason Kubel.

This is why this deal makes sense from Arizona's perspective: Kubel is regarded as a very subpar outfielder, while Ross is average, and a better athlete (with more speed) -- at the same price. Piecoro notes that the signing of Ross raises some questions of logic about Arizona's plan. If defense is being given a greater value by the Diamondbacks, why did Arizona trade away Chris Young -- a better defender than Ross, as well as being younger and carrying less long-term financial burden -- early in the offseason for a modest package?

It's all water under the bridge now: Arizona plows ahead with a higher payroll and more depth at the big league level, and if Kubel does turn out to be the guy the Diamondbacks trade, they could get a second-tier prospect in return for him. Kubel is owed $7.5 million for next season and has a $7.5 million option for 2014, with a $1 million buyout.

The teams for which he might be a fit (and these are listed in no particular order):