Player of the Day: Jason Kubel
The Kube signed a two year extension for 7 million, with a team option for year 3. On Fangraphs David Cameron questions the move, saying Kubel is not that different from Eric Hinske, who signed for under 2 million with the Pirates.
Reading through the comments, I see that I'm not the only one who noticed similarities to David Ortiz. Kubel, 26, hit .272 with 20 homers and 78 RBI last year, with a walk every 10 at bats. In his last season as a Twin, Ortiz was 26 and hit .272 with 20 homers and 75 RBI, and a similar walk rate.
Even my 90% optimistic projection, 304/378/537, does not have Kubel breaking out like Ortiz, but I can understand why they want to keep him, and it's not like we're talking about a huge contract here.