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Ubaldo Jimenez declines option with Indians, hits free agency

Nov 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez is no dummy. After seeing Tim Lincecum get $35 million, Jimenez said thanks but no thanks to the Indians after they exercised their half of the $8 million option for 2014, thereby becoming a free agent.

Jimenez had a nice bounce back year for the Indians. Going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts. Whether that was a fluke or a return to form for Jimenez — who was putrid in 2012 and whose 2011 wasn’t anything close to his best years prior — is an interesting question. All of his rate stats and peripherals went in the right direction, so there is hope. But, yeah, it could have been a fluke.

Regardless, in this day and age pitching gets paid. And Jimenez stands to make way, way more than that $8 million the Indians were, in essence, offering him. They will no probably give him a qualifying offer of $14 million or so today and he will have to decide if he wants that.

My guess is he says “nope” and takes a multi-year deal. Because really, outside of the Masahiro Tanaka derby, Matt Garza and Ervin Santana, there isn’t a ton of pitching to be had on the free agent market.

  1. bigtrav425 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    No way he deserves more then 8 mill after 1 ok season after 2 disastrous seasons

    • somekat - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      if he deserves it, and if he will get it are 2 drastically different things

  2. thomas844 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    That was to be expected, but it’s a bummer for the Indians. In my opinion he was the main reason they made the playoffs this year.

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