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Report: Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez agree to a four-year, $50 million deal

Feb 17, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles and Jimenez agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal.

6:53 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Jimenez have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical.

6:23 p.m. ET: After sitting on the sidelines for most of the offseason, the Orioles finally appear ready to make a big splash.

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have made “substantial progress” in contract talks with free agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and are working to finalize a deal. The contract, if finalized, is believed to be for four years and around $48 million.

Jimenez hoped to land a monster contract this offseason after his monster second half last year, but things haven’t turned out exactly as planned. Surely many teams weren’t convinced that a handful of excellent starts were enough to make a substantial investment — it looks like he’ll end up getting a similar contract to Ricky Nolasco (Twins) and Matt Garza (Brewers) — but it also didn’t help that he was attached to draft pick compensation. The Orioles have also been linked to Ervin Santana in recent weeks, but Jimenez has more upside if his second half is a sign of things to come. For a team with a brief window to win with their current roster, they might as well shoot for the moon here. Of course, the bust potential is pretty big, too.

The Orioles will surrender their first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and the corresponding draft pool money if they sign Jimenez. He would join a starting rotation which also projects to include Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, and Miguel Gonzalez.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I bet they don’t have novelty Ubaldo license plates in Baltimore, either.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    $12 million a year is less than the $14+ million that he would have received if he had signed the qualifying offer. If he passes the PHYSICAL, I welcome him to the AL East.

    • largebill - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      12 is less than 14 for 2014, but 48 million is a lot more than 14.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        He was looking for a lot more than an average of $12 million a season. On the other hand, he was fortunate to get 4 years.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    If they actually sign him, they may as well sign Ervin also.

    • leylandshospicenurse - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Ervin and Cruz, screw the draft

      • tuberippin - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        They’d need to sign all the remaining FAs to be competitive in that division this season anyway. Ubaldo, Ervin, Cruz, Morales.

  4. willduhbeast - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Ubaldomore!? I can see that happening.

    • ltzep75 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      This made me laugh.

  5. salsashark2004 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    I’m not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, the upside is attractive and if he pitches even two thirds as well as he did down the stretch last year, it’ll be a steal at $12 million. On the other hand, if the end of last season was a fluke then it’s a 1st round pick and $12 million down the drain. I guess it’s a nothing ventured nothing gained situation and I’m going to try to be positive about it but it still worries me. Oh well, at least if it happens we’ll stop hearing about how inactive the Orioles have been this winter.

    • moogro - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:23 AM

      Was this a sports talk radio transcript?

  6. rockthered1286 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I… Am at peace with this move. If it gets completed. I am happy they didn’t go Santana but at this point? Why not go for Morales or Cruz too?

    • rhodesgolfer - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      I was indifferent between Jiminez or Santana but I think they made the cheaper acquisition, so I’m good with this. And, I agree with you about signing one more bat to add more power to the lineup.

  7. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    IF the Orioles get the Jimenez that pitched the 2nd half of 2013 they made a great deal. If they get the 2011 and 2012 Jimenez they will regret the next 4 years.

    I liked Jimenez and had expressed an opinion that if the Yankees weren’t able to sign Tanaka they should go after Jimenez. But there still is a risk with Jimenez on a 4 year deal. We’ll see.

    • paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I think they’ll get both guys and the deal winds up okay. Just like with Santana, inconsistency is kind of what you expect.

    • chunkala - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      There’s no chance Baltimore gets the Ubaldo of the 2nd halfof 2013. He was in a contract year and realized that he must pitch better in order to get paid or in this case steal money from a team. Great perforyears performance often happens in contract years so I’m basically discounting his 2013 stats.
      This is an underlying problem with baseball as opposed to football. In football you can take a waiver on a former stud pitcher and toss him if performance isn’t up to standards and pay very little. In baseball, the players basically screw over the team once they sign on the dotted line.
      I, like most, expect Ubaldo to get destroyed in the AL East this season despite the success he displayed last season (Probably against TOR and BALT):

      • spudchukar - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        Chunky, this is all kinds of wrong. There is little if any evidence that players perform better in their contract years. Mostly, because players’ efforts go unchanged year after year. And your assumptions that players “basically screw over the team after they sign” is pure nonsense.

        Who are these “most” of which you speak? Show some proof of your assertion that Jimenez padded his stats against Toronto and Baltimore.

    • cmoney4949 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Jimenez would be too cheap for the Yankees to sign. They need to blow away everybody else and go over the top in their quest to continue to inflate salaries and ruin baseball. Hopefully Jimenez is a productive as Tanaka for $100 less.

  8. rhodesgolfer - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    The reporter fails to mention the earlier signing of Korean pitcher Yoon, who could also earn a rotation spot. Also, I don’t agree with this “small window” theory people keep speculating about just because Weiters will be a coveted free agent. They will either make every effort to sign him before his contract expires or trade him for a nice value. With the future of Dylan Bundee and Kevin Gausman looking bright, the window of opportunity is open longer than these “experts” think.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Just for future reference it’s Bundy NOT Bundee. Also, I’m not sure based on their very very limited playing time in the big leagues you aren’t being a bit optimistic by saying their future looks bright.

      Also, keep in mind aside from Weiters potentially becoming a FA after the 2015 season Davis is also a FA at the same time.

      • mclovinib - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        both young pitchers are widely viewed as top shelf prospects…i cant imagine that any other teams that wouldn’t be thrilled to have them in the system. i know o’s fan like them a lot.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Bundy!

      • cktai - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        Just for future reference, it’s Wieters NOT Weiters.

        I agree though that we need to be careful in our optimism. Let’s not forget that Matusz, Britton, Arrieta, and Tillman were once as highly touted as Bundy, Gausman, Rodriguez, and Harvey are today.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Oh this is great news, now the bluejays can go all out for Santana and id love nothing more then to see him in a bluejays uniform next season. Please God!!

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      god told me that he don’t like you harry

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        I got some bad news for you, I AM GOD and since you said that I decided the rest of this year will be a bad year for you. Better start praying, ALOT!!

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        that’s alright harry. we twin fans have the patience of job.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Harry is a tad confused. Earlier this month he addressed me as “Good God”.

      • cktai - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Wouldn’t that make him Evil God, lord of the evil empire?

  10. fomeols - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Oh, what mixed feelings!
    That 17th pick looms large, but we need a pitcher.
    But if Bundy and Gausman are as advertised, we won’t need Jiminez.
    But if we sign him, we can trade Bud Norris-maybe-for a competent DH.
    Oh what mixed feelings!
    I only wish Dan had something something substantial earlier and avoided this conundrum completely.

  11. mdpickles - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    No way he passes a physical.

    Isn’t time for the Orioles to announce signings AFTER the player passes a physical?

    • DJ MC - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      All teams announce signings after the deal–including physical–is complete. However, most signings get leaked to the media first.

  12. buffalo65 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Almost have to agree with Harry on Santana. Not sure he works in the dome.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Thing to like about Ervin’s 2013 however, lots of groundballs and limited walks. He will give the 200 innings, control the baserunners, and even with the high HR number, its more often the solo bombs which doesn’t put the Jays out of the game.

      Not sure who is the better acquisition at this point, the high K, groundball, limited HR but high WHIP and walks Ubaldo or the lower K, limited walks, high GB, low WHIP but high HR Santana

  13. buffalo65 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    But Larry, why the hate? What happened?

  14. buffalo65 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    As a Jays fan I’d rather have had Jimenez. Santana will be okay but likely our number 4, if we even get him.

  15. cackalackyank - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Well how about that 2 signings in one day…hope they really have passed their physicals.

  16. zackd2 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Inconsistent pitcher contracts are scary, similar to AJ Burnett signing with the Yankees. Hoping Jiminez pitches the next 4 years like the last 0.5 year, while ignoring the previous 2. I guess we’ll see.

  17. happytwinsfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    way to go fightin O’s! sure would be sweet to see lobster town have an up year.

    • mclovinib - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      lobster? crabs are baltimore’s thing…

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        you sure? that fake crab stuff is as good as the real thing and a whole lot lower in cholesterol. you could be injuring the long term ability of your market to support the O’s.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Ugh, yea, Maryland is all about the crabs. Supposedly some of the best in the world. No one around here touches fake crab stuff. Not sure what you are talking about.

      • vivabear - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Happytwins gets confused quite often. He thinks a Jucy Lucy constitutes a nice evening out on the town.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        vivabear:

        juicy lucy? now i know where you live and you know where i live. close to matt’s place, about 34th and cedar, south minneapolis. nice place but they really should clean their grill more then once a year. that’s walking distance from here but i don’t go there because their fries suck and besides i figured out a way to keep the cheese inside the burger better than they do.

        what the hell did gator do to piss you off so much? go get your walk shoveled and quit embarrassing us.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        Lol – nope don’t live in MPLS. Just visited. Gator’s detractors don’t like his smugness, his unfunny attempts at humor, his racism, elitist attitude, etc

      • nbjays - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        viva, most of us like your name-calling of Gator even less. There’s nothing amusing about referring to someone as a pederast. Of course, that’s if you even know what the word means. I believe your biggest problem with Gator is the fact that he uses all those big words, which makes you feel inadequate, with your limited vocabulary and all.

        There are detractors, and then there are annoying assholes who use disgusting, baseless insults. You are not a detractor.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        nbjay…why bring up name calling? Thats what old felcher is known for. I’m fine with my vocabulary. What, is vocabulary the new thing to compensate for small dick syndrome?

  18. scoobies05 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I like this signing. I would still like us to get a power bat, preferably Morales, for eh, and grab a closer if any are available. I think the birds have a shot to contend. Sox and rays would be the front runners. yanks are older than they were last year. gonna be another interesting al east season

  19. slaugin - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    When it comes to Lobster Maine > Maryland

    • nbjays - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Maybe so, but New Brunswick > Maine (even if it is next door).

  20. watermelon1 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    SAME THING EVERY YEAR…

    Sign big names…. 5 years past their prime.

    You would have thought the miracle run 2 seasons ago to make playoffs for first time in 14 seasons would have got them on the right track. Nope… Right back to doing this crap.

  21. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I’m glad they did something at least. The best part about this deal is that now the first pick is gone, they are free to go after Ervin, Cruz, or both.

  22. ltzep75 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Look, any time you can sign a fly ball pitcher to start half his games in camden yards, you just have to do it.

    • dcarroll73 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Well said, sir. I am just glad the Yanks signed Tanaka and forgot about this guy (his weakness would have played badly at the Stadium as well.) We’ll see how the “OLD” Yankees turn out. Their starting staff isn’t old, their starting outfield is a mix, and so it comes down to the question marks in the infield.

  23. canadatude - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Harry has to use his keyboard to communicate. He has been bragging about those huge hot dogs at Yankee Stadium and always has one stuffed in his mouth.

  24. goodknave - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    If this was the NFL, and my team acquired the 17th pick in the draft for a player at his level, I’d be ecstatic.

    So I guess as a Tribe fan, I’m ecstatic. Kinda…

    • goodknave - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Sorry, my mistake. Yes, the Orioles lose the 17th pick in the first round, but Cleveland doesn’t get it. Instead, they get a choice between the 1st and 2nd rounds while everyone after 17 moves up a spot.

      Basically, the pick vanishes and the Tribe has a sandwich.

  25. detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    For the $175 million total Tanaka was paid, the Yankees could have signed Ubaldo (4/$50), Garza (4/$50), and Infante (4/$30.25) while having $44.75 million left to spare. In my opinion, they’d be better off with those 3 instead on Tanaka.

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