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Updated: August 27th, 2013 10:56pm
Jason Kubel and Pat Neshek were designated for assignment this week

Jason Kubel and Pat Neshek were designated for assignment this week

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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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. 

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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In this story: Jason Kubel, Pat Neshek
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