The Indians signed two veterans Friday morning/early afternoon in attempt to add some life to their punchless lineup in a final wild card push, bringing outfielder Jason Kubel and catcher Kelly Shoppach into the fold.
At 9:30 am this morning, the team confirmed yesterday's wide spread rumors that a deal for the Arizona Diamondbacks Kubel had been made. The Tribe received Kubel and cash from the Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
To make room for Kubel on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain.
Kubel, 31, is a nine-year big league veteran who spent most of his career with the Minnesota Twins before signing with Arizona two years ago. After hitting .253 with 30 doubles and 30 home runs in his first season with the Diamnondbacks, Kubel has struggled this season. He's batted just .220 with eight doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI in 89 games before being designated for assignment on Tuesday.
About four hours after the Kubel signing became official, the Indians came to terms with Shoppach, who formally played for the Tribe from 2006-09, signing him to a minor league deal and temporarily placing him on the Columbus Clippers roster.
When rosters expand Sunday, Shoppach is expected to be called up to join the Indians.