The New York Yankees still have money to spend and are in need of starting pitching, which is likely why multiple general managers around the league believe Ubaldo Jimenez may sign with the Bronx Bombers:
A few GMs I spoke with recently feel the New York Yankees may wind up with Jimenez, even if they land Masahiro Tanaka. “He had an excellent second half, has great stuff, and he has the type of personality that would fit New York,” one GM said. “He doesn’t let things get to him. He’s good at shrugging off things and turning the page.”
Jimenez, who most recently pitched for the Cleveland Indians is said to be requesting a deal in the range of $17-$20 million per season, though that seems a bit excessive – even for the Yankees. A more likely deal would put Jimenez in the $13-$15 million annually, which still isn’t cheap but is on par with fellow pitchers like Tim Lincecum, etc.
Jimenez finished the 2013 campaign with a 3.30 ERA through 182 innings, which included 194 strikeouts.