Twins designate Jason Kubel for assignment to make room for Kendrys Morales

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The Twins have designated OF Jason Kubel for assignment to make room on the roster for the recently-signed Kendrys Morales, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports. Kubel, 32, slashed .224/.313/.295 with one home run in 176 plate appearances. He is sad to leave Minnesota:

Yesterday, the Twins signed the 30-year-old Morales to a one-year deal for the prorated portion of $12 million.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.