The Cleveland Indians have not hidden their desire to have Ubaldo Jimenez return to the organization, but it’s looking more and more likely he’ll depart – this according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jimenez was offered a one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer from the Indians though with such a thin pitching market, there’s little reason to except such when the former Colorado Rockies ace could secure a multi-year deal.
The Indians and Jimenez have been attempting to work out a long term deal in recent days, but the two sides are apparently too far apart in their wishes and Jimenez departing the Indians looks to be the likely scenario:
The Indians would like to keep Jimenez, Kazmir, Smith and Albers, but it appears they’ll find more lucrative opportunities elsewhere. Negotiations have taken place with little progress reported. The Yankees have already been linked to Jimenez, while Colorado has expressed interest in Smith.
With teams ripe to spend on pitching, once Jimenez hits the open market, the chances of the talented arm returning to the Indians is slim to none.