By La Velle
The Twins and outfielder/DH Jason Kubel have agreed on a two-year contract that will buy out his remaining two years of arbitration. The deal is expected to be finalized either this weekend or early next week. Terms of the agreement were not available.
Update: The deal includes a club option for the 2011 season.
One of the few things holding up the deal is Kubel passing a physical, which will happen later this week when he arrives in the Twin Cities to take part in TwinsFest. All Twins players undergo physicals during the event.
Kubel. 26, batted .272 last season with 20 homers and 78 RBI as he began to settle in as the Twins’ DH. He was the second-leading home run hitter on a team that sorely lacked power. He’s expected to be the Opening Day DH but might have to split time with other players as the Twins head into the year with four starting-caliber outfielders in Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Denard Span and Michael Cuddyer.
The Twins have been talking with Kubel’s agents in recent weeks as both sides worked toward avoiding arbitration. Matt Guerrier is the only arbitration-eligible player left.