Ubaldo Jimenez, whose career accomplishments and current value have been thoroughly evaluated and debated this off-season, finally has a deal to pitch in 2014 and beyond.
Confirming what was reported to be close to happening earlier today, Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly both agreed to a deal for four years and $50 million.
Roch Kubatko first reported the deal in its initial stages:
Source: #Orioles have made substantial progress on Jimenez and are working to finalize deal. Believed 4 years and around $48 mil.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 17, 2014
Jon Heyman of CBS firmed up the details of the deal later tonight.
Ubaldo Jimenez agrees to a 4-year deal for $50M with orioles, according to sources.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 18, 2014
Finally, Ken Rosenthal and others report that the deal is all but official, as both sides have agreed.
Source: #Orioles in agreement with Jimenez. Deal is pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 17, 2014
Oh no. Not a physical…
As recently as last week, the Baltimore Orioles actually did not have anybody listed as their fifth starter. They now ink Jimenez to a deal in addition to adding Suk-Min Yoon to the mix last week. At the very least they now have more depth and competition for their rotation, and with Jimenez they get a guy who will immediately become a contender to be the staff ace.