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Kubel remains with Twins for now, hopes to stay later

The Sports Xchange

Jason Kubel's waiver wire adventure ended with relief on Friday when he wasn't traded.

The Twins placed Kubel on waivers Wednesday and the Twins had until Friday to work out a deal with the claiming team, reported first by FoxSports.com as the White Sox, then as the Cleveland Indians.

"It's obviously something I don't have control over, but it was a relief," Kubel said before Friday's 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. "I wanted to stay."

Kubel is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, and is dedicated to testing the market for the first time in his six-year major league career. But, he said, he's mostly interested in staying with the Twins.

"I would like to stay," he said. "Hopefully, it works out that I stay here."

With the Twins testing young players the rest of the season, and DH Jim Thome traded to Cleveland, Kubel, 29, will be more valuable than ever. He has been playing both left and right fields, and will likely get more at-bats as the designated hitter, his role on Friday.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he needs Kubel's versatility in the outfield so he can get more at-bats for rookie Rene Tosoni, a player the organization likes quite a bit.

"I'd like to give Tosoni some at-bats at DH, rather than having him sit on the bench," Gardenhire said.

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