La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Ku-Boom! Twins bring back Kubel

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 13, 2013 - 11:21 AM

Jason Kubel is headed back to where his major league career started.

The former Twins draft choice, who spent seven seasons with the Twins before signing a free-agent contract with Arizona before the 2012 season, has signed a minor league deal with the Twins that includes an invitation to the team’s major league spring training camp, according to multiple media reports.

Kubel, 31, batted .216 with 5 homers and 32 RBI for Arizona last season before being traded to Cleveland for the playoff drive. Kubel was 3 for 18 with Cleveland with no homers.

In 2012, Kubel was a fan favorite with the Diamondbacks, batting .253 with a career-high 30 home runs and 98 RBI.

Former Twins have been linked to the Twins throughout the offseason. They signed Jason Bartlett, tried to bring back A.J. Pierzynski (before he signed with Boston) and are trying to bring back Matt Garza.

On Friday, they got Kubel, who's looking to regain his power stroke.

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