The Cleveland Indians didn’t expect Ubaldo Jimenez to accept their one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer so it was no shock when the veteran pitcher declined it on Monday.
Despite that, the Indians are still attempting to sign their ace who went 13-9 with a 3.30 during the 2013 campaign.
According to CBS Sports, the Indians are set to meet with Jimenez’s representatives in the coming days:
The Indians will talk to Ubaldo Jimenez’s agent Diego Bentz here at the GM meetings, but they don’t appear to have much to talk about with Scott Kazmir.
Jimenez is one of the top available free agent pitchers, so he stands to cash in wherever he lands – though the qualifying offer will get the Indians come solid compensation if he is to depart. The organization still looks to be doing everything they can to prevent that from happening though.
As far as the aforementioned Kazmir, the Indians are reportedly open to bringing him back on a one year deal, but would much rather focus their efforts and money on Jimenez.