With Michael Cuddyer headed to Colorado, Minnesota has stepped up efforts to re-sign outfielderDH Jason Kubel, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Take it away, Darth Vader.
It looked as if the Twins wouldn't be able to bring back either Cuddyer or Kubel after signing Josh Willingham earlier this week, but now that doesn't appear to be the case. This is bad news for the White Sox, seeing as Kubel has absolutely crushed the Sox in his career.
Kubel owns a .896 OPS against the White Sox in 303 plate appearances. He's hit 22 home runs and drove in 76 runs, easily the highest totals against any opponent (for reference, he's hit 12 home runs vs. Cleveland and driven in 52 runs vs. Kansas City, the highest totals in those areas).
He's smashed four home runs in his career off Gavin Floyd, the most he's hit against any opposing pitcher. Kubel's also hit three home runs against three pitchers, two of which are Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez -- both former Sox pitchers. He's driven in 13 runs with John Danks on the mound (the highest total there), with 11 RBIs coming against Garland and 10 against Floyd.
For the sake of the White Sox pitching staff's ERA, here's hoping Kubel doesn't return to Minnesota.
Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.
The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.
Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.
Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.
White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.