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Ubaldo Jimenez’s season is over

Sep 26, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

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Mercifully so.

Ubaldo Jimenez, loser of his last six decisions and 17 games overall, won’t pitch again this season because of a sprained ankle.

Jimenez finishes up 9-17 with a 5.55 ERA and a 143/95 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He’s 13-21 with a 5.43 ERA in 242 innings since the Indians traded arguably their two top pitching prospects — Drew Pomeranz and Alex White — to the Rockies for him in mid-2011.

The Indians will have to decide this winter whether to exercise Jimenez’s $5.75 million option for 2013, to decline it and go through the arbitration process or to non-tender him. Since the option comes with a $1 million buyout, picking it up probably makes the most sense. It’s doubtful he’d come any cheaper than $4.75 million through arbitration, and even though he’s been a huge disappointment, it’d be worth it to give him one more year and see what happens. It’s not as though the Indians have a ton of young pitching busting down the door.

  1. personalspaceinvader - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Ah, the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. One of the rare “Lose-Lose” trades.

    Seriously, go look up how Pomeranz and White have been faring at Coors Field and with the Rockies in general. Ain’t pretty.

    • approvenothing - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Well, who really pitches well in Coors Field? Best you will get is average there…

  2. Kevin Gillman - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Actually, the Indians do have some young talent in pitching, more than you think Matt. TJ House, TJ McFarland, and Danny Salazar. One of the reasons why Akron Aeros won the AA Eastern League Title was due to the young pitching. The problem however is the Indians rarely fast track their Minor League players, like other teams have done. So, I agree to keep Jimenez, but get rid of Hernandez. Carlos Carrasco will be ready to start the 2013 season anyway. But there is some talent on their way that could push these other starters.

    • tashkalucy - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:09 AM

      The Indians haven’t developed a starting pitcher (whether drafted or in trades) from the minor leagues since John Farrell left to be Red Sox pitching coach.

      The pitchers you mentioned are hardly serious major league prospects. Last year the Indians won the AAA championship with Columbus. Not a one player from that team had even a smidgen of impact on the 2012 Indian team.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Some of those guys will pop up on the Top 100 Prospect list, along with others that have an opportunity to pop in. Cody Allen also has a chance to make an impact for the Indians in 2013, and he was drafted in 2011?

  3. psr179 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM


  4. deathmonkey41 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    So, glad the Yankees didn’t win that sweepstakes.

  5. hojo20 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Why pick up the option on the contract? Paying anything less than 5.75m to lose this piece of garbage is worth it.

  6. Brian Donohue - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Watching Tribe right now in Chi. Bizarre moment: Hawk announces the attendance, 20K. The Sox are tied for 1st in the last week of the season, and they get 20K? Hawk ain’t tellin’ much more than that; whenever his boys are losing he falls into this funk of stony silence. It’s hilarious, really: he pouts like a child. I suppose he deserves some slack tonight: Sox pitchers have walked 12 tonight.

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