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Don’t expect Ubaldo Jimenez to go back to the Indians

Feb 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez remains unsigned and the draft pick compensation attached to his free agency has definitely hurt the right-hander’s market value, but don’t expect a return to the Indians.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “it would take something extreme” for the Indians to re-sign Jimenez and “there has been no communication” between the two sides since last month.

Obviously a huge drop in asking price would qualify as “something extreme,” but the Indians are banking on getting a valuable draft pick for Jimenez’s departure and there’s been little indication at any point that they made a serious effort to re-sign him.

  1. cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    It seems like the Indians might want to check in with him. If he doesn’t sign until June then they end up with out Jiminez AND without the draft pick. So, if he did lower his price wouldn’t having him be better than having nothing?

    • plummer2512 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      I agree. If anything, I think the Indians really need him to compete in the AL Central again.

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      But is no one signing a free agent with draft pick compensation really a reasonable fear? I don’t recall it happening yet since this system of qualifying offers was adopted. If the guy is good enough that the original team is willing to make him a $14M offer, there’s always been somebody willing to sign him.

  2. kyleshabram - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Seems like he’d be a good fit back in Cleveland. Cleveland ultimately has the leverage due to the attached draft pick, though, so I guess it’s up to Jimenez to drop his price. otherwise, he might be hanging out with Kendry Morales on opening day.. AT A SPORTS BAR!

  3. penguins87and71 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    He seems like a perfect fit for the Pirates if A.J Burnett signs with another team.

  4. wlouden77 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I’m a Tribe fan and either way this will come qck to bit us… We re-sign him and he regresses. we let him go and he is better than ever and the draft pick fizzles…. or we let him go and he does better than ever with a team like Seattle or the Yankees who only lose like a 3rd for him..

    • uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Actually the Yankees would lose their 2nd round pick if they sign him at this point. But I happen to think he’s worth a 2nd round pick. Pretty soon I could see him settling for a just a 2 year deal with a vesting or option for a 3rd year in the neighborhood of $11MM per. At that price he’s worth the risk for some team especially a team like the Mariners who need another starting pitcher and would only be giving up a 3 round pick.

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