Sep 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (30) delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians decline Jason Kubel option, Ubaldo Jimenez declines his own

After re-signing designated hitter and first baseman Jason Giambi to a minor league contract, the Cleveland Indians turned their attention to two others today.

First off, the Cleveland Indians declined the option of outfielder Jason Kubel. The Indians traded for Kubel back in August. Kubel was coming off a 30 homer year but those numbers took a huge dip as he hit .213/.293/.317 with only five home runs in 2013 alone.

The 31 year old outfielder should get another starting opportunity, so I don’t expect a minor league contract to be thrown in his direction. Maybe a team like the New York Mets could use this guy, considering they’re looking for someone who has that pop behind their bat.

He may have only hit five home runs this season, but he’s already shown he has enough power in him to hit 30 plus.

In a surprising move, Ubaldo Jimenez declined his side of his option after the Cleveland Indians picked up their portion. The Indians are expected to throw him around $14.1 million for a qualifying offer which could also be declined.

He’d be nuts to decline that, but big money should be thrown his way if he ends up walking from the Indians. So I guess maybe he’s playing his cards right if he’s aiming for a bigger paycheck.

Jimenez posted a 3.30 ERA this season.

Tags: Cleveland Indians Jason Kubel Ubaldo Jimenez

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