With the news that Ubaldo Jimenez declined the Cleveland Indians’ $14.1 million qualifying offer for the 2014 season, it appears that the right-hander will not be back with the team next season.
But hold on. This this might not be all that bad for Cleveland.
Jimenez’s season numbers — 3.30 earned run average and 9.56 strikeouts per nine innings — made him look like the pitcher Cleveland acquired back in 2011. But those numbers do not do justice to what Jimenez did in the second half of the season.
In the second half, Jimenez posted a 1.82 ERA with 10.71 strikeouts per nine innings in 84.0 innings as he led Cleveland down the stretch to a playoff berth. Working with pitching coach Mickey Callaway on speeding up his delivery and pitching more in the strike zone seemed to help Jimenez regain his past dominance, and Cleveland reaped the benefits in 2013.
Now, Jimenez is a free agent, one that would look great atop the Cleveland rotation with No. 1 starter Justin Masterson and rising ace Danny Salazar. The three of them would be one of the better trios in all of baseball, but Cleveland’s payroll constraints probably will not allow that to happen. Read More…
From Daily Kent Stater, November 13, 2013