Indians Adding Jason Kubel, a Slightly Fatter Mark Reynolds

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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.

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