Rival executives view the Baltimore Orioles as a potential match
for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel, according to Buster Olney of
One team viewed as a possible match for Jason Kubel by rival executives: The Baltimore Orioles.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 22, 2013
Olney reported yesterday that the Diamondbacks are hoping to trade one of Kubel or fellow outfielder Justin Upton sooner rather than later. While Upton has garnered most of the offseason attention, Arizona could also elect to deal Kubel.
The Orioles have been seeking an impact bat throughout the offseason. General manager Dan Duquette has reportedly discussed multiple deals but none have resulted in an acquisition.
Kubel has manned both corner outfield positions, though the Orioles would use him in left field as Nick Markakis owns the everyday job in right. The addition would push Nate McLouth into more of a reserve role, while Nolan Reimold could potentially pick up some at-bats against left-handed pitchers.
Arizona would likely target the Orioles young pitching in exchange for Kubel. Baltimore has several young arms, including Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton.