MLB Free Agency: Cleveland Indians open to one-year deal with Ubaldo Jimenez?

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Hopefully Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t do anything dramatic or try to make a big statement upon departing Cleveland for the off-season. Planning on cashing in on a ridiculously good stretch over the final two months of the season, Jimenez might find himself back in Cleveland after all.

We have known that is a potential outcome for a while now, but today Paul Hoynse of the Northeast Ohio Media Group touched on what the specifics of such a deal might be:

If Jimenez can’t get a three to four year deal, and comes knocking on the Tribe’s door, I bet both parties would jump at the chance to sign a one-year deal at or below $14 million. It would allow the Indians to keep a grip on their payroll and add a key arm to their rotation, while giving Jimenez a chance to prove last year wasn’t a fluke and take another bite of the free-agent apple after the 2014 season.”

In a thinner market, Jimenez might have been able to cash in on a team’s willingness to gamble that those final months were no fluke. He ended up in the wrong off-season, though, and the combination of that and draft pick compensation means that Jimenez might have to settle for a one year deal.

Would he able to capitalize on such a deal and prove that he’s a front-line guy? It’s debatable; you could reasonably argue that he is living on the reputation of the first half of the 2010 season and the second half of 2013. Otherwise he has been frustrating, inconsistent, and one to stir up drama within the organization. It’s not surprising that teams do not want to invest a big contract in him, at least not yet.

Topics: Cleveland Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez

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  • Letterman007

    I would have a good chuckle if he came back hat in hand!! If he was anywhere near where he was late last summer, it would be a pretty decent deal!!

    • Hayden Kane

      You bet,Letterman. The Indians could get a nice value if that happened…when Ubaldo is good, he’s crazy good. He just has to prove he can sustain it for more than a couple months.

      • Letterman007

        It will be fun to see what happens. I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t get a big stick for the 4 hole! They need to have Swish and Bourne to pick it up this year, But I have a feeling this won’t be their year. Hope I’m wrong, but had the same feeling before the Orange Bowl about OSU !!!

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