Entering free agency, former Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was thought to be one of the premier available arms. Yet, months into the process, Jimenez continues to sit available on the wire.
We likely have a better understanding of why as according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jimenez is seeking a deal that would pay him upwards of $20 million dollars per season:
The last thing I heard, is that he wanted $17 million to $20 million per year over a four-year deal. That’s not going to happen in Cleveland.
Not only is that not going to happen in Cleveland – that won’t be happening anywhere.
Ubaldo Jimenez is a talented pitcher who had a very solid 2013 campaign, but he’d be lucky to cash in at $15 million a season on a good day.
That said, once the market dries up and fellow pitchers like Matt Garza and Mashahiro Tanaka sign – Jimenez should find himself a home for the 2014 campaign, even though it won’t be at the price he covets.