Joe Christensen posted the details of Kubel's new contract with the Twins: 2009: $2.75 million, 2010: $4.25 million and an option for 2011 for $5.00 million.
Even in the current climate, this contract is very good for the Twins. Kubel just finished his age 26 season and produced at the rate of .272/.335/.471. His .199 isoP had him tied for the team lead with Justin Morneau. Another year removed from his leg injury and entering his prime years, Kubel is almost certainly destined to have a breakout season within the span of the contract. Not to be forgoten than at age 22, before he got promoted to Rochester, he led the Rock Cats with .377/.452/.667. That .290 isoP is the second highest that any current Twin had in pro ball, behind Morneau's .309 at his age 23 season in Rochester when he batted .306/.375/.615. How big was Kubel's New Britain season? The second best effort from a Twins batter in the minor leagues was the age 23 season of David Ortiz in Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League (a major hitter's league) when David had a .315/.413/.590 slash line.
Let's compare Kubel's age 26 season last year with several Twins LH power hitter age 26 seasons:
D. Ortiz: .272/.339/.500
Kent Hrbek: .267/.353/.478
it seems that Kubel is in good company
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