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Where are all the Ubaldo Jimenez rumors?

Dec 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez AP

There’s been surprisingly few teams linked to Ubaldo Jimenez and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer did some digging to figure out why.

He turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer and any team signing him would be giving up a draft pick to do so. According to Hoynes the Indians “have remained in contact” with Jimenez, but “they could merely be playing a waiting game should Jimenez still be unsigned come spring training.”

It’s possible that Jimenez has been talking to a bunch of teams and the details simply haven’t leaked to reporters yet, but Hoynes believes most teams have been slow to start negotiating seriously with the 29-year-old right-hander because they’re focused on other rotation options first. We’ll see what happens once a few more dominoes fall, because Jimenez is certainly one of the best, highest-upside free agents available.

  1. luisrivasbuttocks - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    If I were a team with money burning a hole in my pocket for pitching he would be my plan C right now. I’m sure once Tanaka and/or Garza sign his market will develop.

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    his agent will mess his pants if he doesn’t get signed.
    on boy!

  3. chacochicken - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    -because his chief weapon is surprise? Too much?

    • bfunk1978 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Nobody expects the Ubaldo proposition!

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I’m not sure there is a whole lot of difference in the quality of the 3 MLB free agent pitchers Garza, Santana or Jimenez. With the exception that Garza did not receive a QO all 3 pitchers are good but not great and all 3 have something that should concern potential suitors.

  5. cackalackyank - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    …..so is Ubaldo going to be the Kyle Lohse of this Hot Stove off season?

  6. jolink653 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    It doesn’t help that Jimenez dropped off the table after his monster year in Colorado and was an absolute mess as a starter until the second half of last season. What team would want to give up a high pick and a huge contract to someone who’s that inconsistent? I’d much rather have Santana or Garza, and I’d definitely rather make a play for Tanaka. Jimenez is gonna be waiting awhile

  7. spc7ray - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    we don’t even know how much he wants?—wait and see–5yrs at 75 million? yeah right 5 at 10 maybe

  8. suchaputz - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Couldn’t spell strike for two years. Looks like moving his family to the Dominican to work with the ahem “strength coach” prior to starting his contract year has paid off.

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