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OF Jason Kubel returned to Minnesota organization on a minor league deal before Christmas. According to the Pioneer Press, Kubel would make $2 million is he is on the major league roster, and he could earn another $1 million in incentives. Kubel, 31, hit .167/.348/.222 with no RBIs in eight games with the Indians after he was acquired from the Diamondbacks in August. Overall this year, he batted .216/.293/.317 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 97 games. Cleveland declined his $7.5 million club option. Kubel played with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006-11, hitting at least 20 homers in three seasons for the Twins.