Indians Adding Jason Kubel, a Slightly Fatter Mark Reynolds




The Cleveland Indians have added Arizona Diamondabcks' outfielder Jason Kubel, according to multiple reports, with the hopes of injecting some power hitting into a lineup which currently features no player with more than 16 home runs.

Meantime, Mark Reynolds, the low-average power hitter whom the Tribe cut in the midst of a devastating slump, has now hit two home runs in 11 games with his new ball club, the New York Yankees. Hurrah!

Though Kubel isn't as singularly oriented toward the long ball as Reynolds is, he historically bats for a higher average, (though he's currently battling "cranky" knees and struggling to emerge from a historic slump of his own (.139 since July 1!)) Additionally, he's fatter than Reynolds and much worse defensively.

So pretty even, all things considered.

Terry Pluto has this to say: "The Indians view Kubel as better than anyone in Class AAA. If he gets hot, great. If not, the price was minimal."

After getting swept by the Atlanta Braves, the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers is — without exaggerating — the Tribe's last chance to keep their wildcard hopes alive.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.