Jason Kubel and Pat Neshek were designated for assignment this week
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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a rough couple of days for former Twins players across the Major Leagues. A pair of former Twins were designated for assignment by their new clubs this week.
First, the Oakland Athletics designated reliever Pat Neshek for assignment Monday. Neshek had a 3.58 ERA and 6.7 strikeouts per 9 innings through 37 2/3 innings pitched this season. The reliever is making $975,000 this year.
As has been the story for his career, Neshek was tough on right-handed hitters (.232/.278/.384 opponent's batting line) and was battered by lefties (.327/.379/.577). Based on his overall line, it wouldn't be surprising to see the A's try to outright him to Triple-A Sacramento, but he may still intrigue a playoff contender as a situational righty.
The Diamondbacks designated Jason Kubel for assignment Tuesday. Kubel -- in the midst of a two-year, $16-million contract -- is due a prorated $7.5 million for the rest of the year, and at least a $1 million buyout on an identical option for the 2014 season.
Kubel drilled 30 home runs in 2012 for the Diamondbacks, but battled leg injuries this season and batted a meager .220/.288/.324. It's likely that Kubel cleared waivers and drew little interest on the trade market, but may still draw a little interest as a possible bat for playoff teams down the stretch.
The Diamondbacks now have 10 days to release or trade Kubel.