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The Indians pick up Ubaldo Jimenez’s option, decline Travis Hafner and Roberto Hernandez options

Oct 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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The headline, she speaks for itself.  These moves were not unexpected.

Hafner signed a big contract extension in 2007 at almost the exact moment that he ceased to be a healthy, reliable and productive player. Well, saying he was not productive is unfair, for he still presented a threat to go deep when he was healthy. It’s just that he was never, ever healthy. His option for 2013 was a whopping $13 million, so it was never gonna happen. Someone may take a flier on him next spring, but the market for broken designated hitters is not a strong one.

Hernandez’s club option was for $12 million. He pitched three whole ineffective games for the Indians after getting his Fausto Carmona identity theft problems straightened out. He was last useful in 2010 and never came close to fulfilling the promise he held back in 2007 when he went 19-8.

Jimenez likewise pitched poorly in 2012, but his option was a modest $5.75 million and that seems a reasonable risk given Jimenez’s potential. If he can’t get it done in 2013, however, it could be the end of the road for him in Cleveland. He has an $8 million 2014 option.

  1. blantoncollier - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    This is where I would typically make a comment about the Dolan’s being cheap. These were the easy moves plus getting rid of Sizemore and Kotchman. They now have $33 million to spend (Sizemore $5m last year and Kotchman $3m). Thats close to one-half of the overall payroll budget.

    Now lets see how they spend the money. OR dont.

    • tashkalucy - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Why would you think they’ll spend that money?

      They had the worst attendance in MLB last year and are going to be worse this coming year. Their TV ratings and merchandise sales are down.

      Why would they keep the same budget when they lost money in 2012 and will have even less revenue in 2013?

      This isn’t the government.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Cleveland is in BIG trouble if they don’t take full advantage of all this money coming off the books. Terry Francona isn’t going to put up with a shit roster for too long.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      What’s Francona going to do about it? He can quit and not get paid. That’sabout it.

    • tashkalucy - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Did you see the big name coaches the Indians just signed?

      In addition to spending money to try to get players, you have to either:

      1) sign them as free agents which means they pick your offer over offers from other teams, or

      2) you trade for the player(s) which means you have something to trade that another team wants.

      Why Terry Francona went to the Cleveland Indians is going to be a question people ask for years. His legacy is going to suffer for sure.

  3. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I guess $5 million is low enough. But it’s really not. Jimenez stinks. His fastball velocity has dropped the last 3 years and is now more than 3+ mph below ’09 when he was averaging above 96. His ERA+ of 72 and 77 and 30 total losses the last two years should be enough to cut your losses and give anyone else a chance.

    • tashkalucy - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      The Indians had to resign the guy after what they invested in him./ For goodness sakes, his option was lower them Carmona/Hernandez.

      But is there is a worse starting pitcher in MLB that is on no danger of being sent to the minors, someone is going to have to point that out.

  4. bigtrav425 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    actually the Ubaldo pick up was a surprise since he has been horrific since he got here and makes to much money for the Dolans

  5. steelers88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Cleveland Sucks, Cleveland Sucks, Cleveland Sucks, Cleveland Sucks!

  6. ptho16 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    FYI Hernandez’s option was only $6 million, the Indians renegotiated it when Fausto became Roberto

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