Jason Kubel LF MIN 15 Days

Jason Kubel continued his hot start to the season Wednesday, going 4-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Athletics.

Kubel's solo blast was the only run the Twins could muster off of Jesse Chavez in seven innings. The outfielder/designated hitter is now batting a cool .462/.481/.731 with six RBI this season as he looks to bounce back from a terrible 2013 campaign.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 27 Days

Twins purchased the contract of DH/OF Jason Kubel from Triple-A Rochester.

Kubel hasn't been all that impressive this spring, hitting just .186 (8-for-43) with one home run and a 16/6 K/BB ratio, but he has secured a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old is to see time as a designated hitter and backup outfielder this season and could potentially hit in the middle of the order. This will be his second stint with the Twins, as he previously played with the club from 2004-2011.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 1 Month

Jason Kubel has been told that he will make the Twins' Opening Day roster.

It was pretty much a formality that will become official at some point before the March 31 opener. Kubel is hitting just .216 with one homer in 13 games this spring, but he's a known commodity. He'll receive regular at-bats in the DH spot while also backing up in the outfield. "I believe he progressed during the spring and started taking better at-bats," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "I still believe he's a professional hitter with something left. He has the ability to drive in runs and provide offense."

Jason Kubel LF MIN 1 Month

Jason Kubel reached all three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk Friday against the Mets.

Chris Parmelee was probably the biggest threat to render Kubel's presence on the Twins roster unnecessary, but he hasn't done much this spring. Kubel hasn't done much at all himself -- he's batting .200 with one homer and two RBI -- but he'll likely be the DH against right-handers anyway.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 2 Months

Jason Kubel went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Jays on Saturday, leaving him 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts this spring.

Kubel seemed penciled in as the Twins' primary DH when he signed in December, but since it was a minor league deal, he certainly isn't promised anything. If he continues to struggle this spring, he shouldn't make the team.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 3 Months

Jason Kubel on Saturday blamed a lingering quad issue for his struggles at the plate last season.

Kubel put up an ugly .216/.293/.317 slash line with five homers over 97 contests for the D'Backs and Indians in 2013, but he thinks a quad ailment suffered in April was the root cause to his problems. "A couple games back into it, I dove for a ball in the outfield and it came back and stayed for three months," said Kubel. "It was my left leg and I couldn't run. It was there all year, and it made it tough. I believe that's what led me to be down all year." Kubel is back with the Twins on a minor league deal but is the favorite to see the lion's share of at-bats in the DH spot.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 4 Months

Jason Kubel will earn $2 million in 2014 if he makes the Twins' Opening Day roster and can earn another $1 million via incentives.

Kubes will earn $150,000 if he reaches 300 and 350 plate appearances, and will pocket an additional $200,000 if he makes 400 PAs. An additional $150,000 is available for spending 30 and 60 days on Minnesota's active roster and Kubel will net $200,000 if he makes it to 90 days. Kubel and the Twins reunited last week on a minor league contract. Kubel slugged 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks in 2012 but careened to an ugly .216/.293/.317 slash line with five homers over 97 contests this past season. The veteran outfielder should see plenty of starts at the corner outfield spots and DH.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 4 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Twins have signed Jason Kubel.

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com is saying it's a minor league deal. Kubel slugged 30 homers for the D'Backs in 2012 but fell off the map last season, batting just .216/.293/.317 with five homers over 97 contests. He'll see plenty of starts at the corner outfield spots and at DH. Kubel, of course, was drafted by the Twins and spent his first seven big league seasons in Minnesota.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 4 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Twins have had talks with Jason Kubel about bringing him back.

Kubel, of course, was drafted by the Twins and spent his first seven big league seasons in Minnesota. He slugged 30 homers for the D'Backs in 2012 but fell off the map last season, batting just .216/.293/.317 with five homers over 97 contests. Kubel wouldn't necessarily have a starting job in Minnesota, but the Twins should be able to find plenty of at-bats for him between on the outfield corners and at DH.

Jason Kubel LF MIN 6 Months

Indians declined OF Jason Kubel's $7.5 million mutual option for 2014.

Certainly no surprise, as Kubel played sparingly down the stretch for the Tribe after being acquired via trade in late August. He hit 30 homers in 2012 but followed it up with just five dingers and a .216/.293/.317 batting line in 2013. Kubel is just 31, though, and shouldn't have trouble finding a starting job somewhere.