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A’s could help themselves by claiming Kubel

Jason Kubel, the kind of useful player that the A’s dote on, just became available when the Arizona Diamondbacks put him on the designated for assignment list before Tuesday’s game.

That means the Diamondbacks have 10 days to trade him, release him or, if he goes unclaimed on waivers, to sign him to a minor league contract.

It might well be worth the A’s effort to put in a claim on him. He’s a 31-year-old left-handed hitter with power, and with the A’s having lost one of their prime left-handed hitters, Josh Reddick, until probably the middle of September if not the remainder of the season, Kubel could fit right in.

    Kubel has had a miserable season with the Diamondbacks, for whom he hit 30 homers a year ago. In 89 games this year he has a .220 average and .288 on-base percentage and has become persona non grata in the Arizona lineup.

He could serve the A’s in the outfield – he played both left and right for Arizona this year – or as a designated hitter.

The A’s current plan is to have Brandon Moss move from first base to right field and to have Daric Barton, just called up from Triple-A Sacramento, to play first base. Adding Kubel would add more power than Barton possesses, although the A’s would lose something defensively in that switch.

Reddick may play for the A’s again this year, but only if his right wrist heals up. Asked about that before the game, manager Bob Melvin said it was too soon to know if Reddick would return in 22013, although the manager is hopeful he would.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.