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The Diamondbacks, continuing their impressive offseason, have reached agreement with free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel on a two-year contract with a mutual option, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal comes with $15 million in guarantees, according to a major-league source.

“Jason is a proven, left-handed hitter and corner bat who makes our offense stronger and gives us depth in the outfield,” said D-backs GM Kevin Towers in a release. “His experience will be a welcome addition to our team and in our clubhouse.”

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Kubel, 29, will play left field for the Diamondbacks, with Gerardo Parra likely becoming the team's fourth outfielder.

The move gives the D-Backs considerable outfield depth. Parra actually had a slightly better offensive season than Kubel last season, producing a .784 OPS to Kubel’s .766, albeit in a better hitter’s park, and won a Gold Glove.

Kubel, however, missed nearly two months with a sprained left foot. Prior to last season, he had hit 20 or more homers three straight years. In 2009, the Twins’ final season in the Metrodome, he produced a .907 OPS.

The Diamondbacks, after winning the NL West last season, have traded for right-hander Trevor Cahill, signed free-agent reliever Takashi Saito and re-signed five of their own free agents — catcher Henry Blanco, first baseman Lyle Overbay and infielders Willie Bloomquist, Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

The decision by Kubel marks another blow to the Twins, who in the past week have lost two outfielders they drafted and developed to NL West clubs.

Late last week, free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rockies. Prior to that, the Twins signed free-agent outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year, $21 million deal.

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