The Cleveland Indians had expressed a desire to retain ‘ace’ Ubaldo Jimenez when free agency began. But Jimenez was determined to secure one last massive payday and informed the Indians of his demands.
They were far too steep for Cleveland, who put a qualifying offer on their pitcher and decided to walk away.
But Jimenez has yet to find a team who is willing to meet his demands and according to Ken Rosenthal, a return to the Indians isn’t out of the question.
Re-signing free-agent righty Ubaldo Jimenez? It is not out of the question. Nearly two weeks ago, I reported that Jimenez’s agents were telling clubs that he still expects to sign a multiyear deal at $14 million-plus annually. But so far, he has yet to complete such a deal.
It’s possible Jimenez could sign a one-year balloon contract in hopes he could secure a big deal after the season, but that’s a pretty big risk, especially if he can’t replicate his success from this past season.