The Cleveland Indians own an $8 million dollar option on starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, an option they are expected to exercise. Only problem? The option is mutual, so it would also require Jimenez to pick up his side – something he is not expected to do, which will make the Indians starter a free agent.
Jimenez is reportedly open to returning to the Tribe, but would like a multi-year contract to do so. That’s not something Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer sees happening, suggesting that there’s ‘no chance’ the Indians offer such a deal:
There is no chance that the Indians offer Jimenez a multiyear deal. All thoughts of that were washed away when the Giants signed Tim Lincecum earlier this week to a two-year, $35 million deal. Jimenez and Lincecum, each 29, would have entered this winter’s free agent class together if the Giants didn’t sign their veteran right-hander.
With such a limited crop of talented starters on the market, there’s no reason for Jimenez to exercise his option as he’ll cash in during free agency.
The Indians can offer their starter a $14 million dollar qualifying offer which could potentially get them a draft pick if Jimenez was to leave.