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Indians not expected to re-sign Ubaldo Jimenez or Scott Kazmir

Nov 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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The resurgent campaigns of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir played a significant part in why the Indians won 92 games and made it to the American League Wild Card game, but the club will likely have some rotation holes to fill this winter. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that “little progress” has been made in negotiations with either pitcher and believes that they will find better offers elsewhere.

Jimenez already declined his part of an $8 million mutual option with the Indians and is expected to turn down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer before Monday’s deadline. The 29-year-old right-hander was a mess during most of his time in Cleveland, but he’s understandably looking to cash in after some mechanical changes resulted in a 1.82 ERA and 100/27 K/BB ratio in 84 innings after the All-Star break.

Kazmir was one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season, returning from obscurity to post a 4.04 ERA and 162/47 K/BB ratio over 158 innings while showing his best fastball velocity since he was a member of the Rays. He doesn’t turn 30 until January and hopes to parlay his bounce-back season into a multi-year deal. Meanwhile, the Indians don’t want to go beyond one year.

There could also be some changes in Cleveland’s bullpen, as Hoynes speculates that relievers Joe Smith and Matt Albers are unlikely to return in 2014.

  1. cackalackyank - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Kind of unfortunate for tribe fans. These guys have a decent season and right away they want to cash in. Kinda makes feel like somebody got used here.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Well teams win some and lose some…

      I mean, you know there are many players in their shoes that DON’T perform too you know. Teams then sign them on the cheap and if the player improves, the team got a bargain.

      What is sad is that sometimes just a small uptick or one good season after many poor seasons get a player a longer term contract and then they stink it up again…

      Supply and demand… No player or agent has a gun at the GM’s head making them offer all that money.

  2. yahmule - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Anybody who pays Ubaldo a lot of money will quickly regret the decision.

  3. number1tribefan - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Not that concerned about Jimenez, as I would not overpay for him as some team is going to do. His time in Cleveland was a mixed bag. He was a huge part of the Tribe making it to the playoffs down the stretch, true, but he is too inconsistent to wager a large contract on. Let him be a big market headache.

    As a Cleveland fan, I really wanted Kazmir back for a two year deal, so this is troubling to me. I think he should have won Comeback Player of the Year and was overshadowed by the Mariano Rivera parade to retirement. He’s very mentally tough and he’s a great competitor also. Whoever signs him will not be sorry, IMO.

  4. janessa31888 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Figures. They spent too much on Bourn and Swisher, now they cant afford to get Kazmir. I was under the impression that he wanted to come back. I’m not going to shed any tears over Ubaldo. We got one half of a good season from him.

    • yahmule - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Pretty much all the Rockies got from him. Then he expected a huge contract. When that didn’t happen, some people who follow the team closely think he tanked.

  5. bleedgreen - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I’d implore the Phillies to take a look at Kazmir. He won’t be bargain cheap, but he won’t be super expensive either. Give him a 2-3 year $12-15Million deal with escalators for playing time that could bump it to $20Million

  6. notsofast10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This happens! Same thing with Brian Wilson and the Dodgers. The Dodger’s signed him cheap, he proved he is back, now he will parlay that into a big contract with ANOTHER team.

  7. antihypocritz - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I wouldn’t want my team to count on Kazmir as anything more than a 5 inning starter.

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