Ubaldo Jimenez Still Seeking $14MM+ Annually

Though it's been a somewhat quiet offseason on the Ubaldo Jimenez front thus far, the lack of chatter doesn't mean his asking price is going down. The right-hander's agents are still telling teams that they seek an annual salary north of $14MM on a multiyear deal for their client, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Jimenez, represented by Relativity Baseball (formerly known as SFX), has seen his market slowed by the uncertainty surrounding Masahiro Tanaka. To this point in the offseason, no pitcher has secured a $14MM annual salary on a multiyear deal, though that again is likely due to the Tanaka market. Tanaka himself should clear that mark with ease, and Jimenez, Matt Garza and Ervin Santana also figure to top that mark with their eventual deals.

Because Jimenez rejected a qualifying offer, any team other than the Indians will be required to forfeit a top draft pick in order to sign him. Though he comes with a spotty track record in recent years, Jimenez is relatively young for a free agent (he turns 30 this month), and it's hard to argue with the performance he turned in this season. Many are quick to glance at Jimenez's splits and state that he had a dominant second half. While that's true — he had a 1.82 ERA after the All-Star break — Jimenez's rebound began much earlier than that. After allowing 19 earned runs in his first 17 innings, Jimenez pitched to a 2.61 ERA with a 179-to-69 K/BB ratio from April 29 through season's end — a span of 28 starts.

Though the Indians would like Jimenez back, he's likely to be too pricey for their tastes. Jimenez was recently connected to the Blue Jays and could draw interest from clubs such as the Yankees and Diamondbacks as well. The Orioles were at one time linked to Jimenez, but they, like the Indians, seem unable to afford him.


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LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

I’m kind of split on him.

He is really risky. He could turn out to be an absolute bargain, or he could be an overpaid backend starter.

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ConstructionBoy
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure we all knew that though.

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johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

My thinking is that if Jimenez is asking for 6/84m, then just how much could Garza be looking for?

Most of us that knew Anibal Sanchez was a really good SP never figured he would score 5/90m last off season and he had a consistent track record that Jimenez doesn’t come close to.

Can Garza be looking for something over 100m, even Matt Cain money?

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Pei Kang
1 year 6 months ago

Not at the money and contract length he’s asking…

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JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 6 months ago

If his mechanic changes and the second half are any indicator, I’d rather take a risk on him than Garza.

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UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 6 months ago

In an off season where Hughes got 3 years and $8MM per I can see Jimenez getting 3 guaranteed years probably even a 4th vesting year and to be honest based on the salaries that are being handed out in general so far $14MM per doesn’t seem out of line.

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Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 6 months ago

I think I would rather have Hughes for 8 million and no draft pick than Jimenez for 14 million plus loss a draft pick.

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UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 6 months ago

Not if you are the Yankees and apparently you didn’t see many of the games Hughes pitch last year. Besides if the Yankees were to sign him they would only be losing their 2nd round draft pick. Better to lose multiple picks in one year and start fresh the next year with all your picks then lose first rounders in multiple years.

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Puig Power
1 year 6 months ago

It definitely a risk, but this guy has amazing talent when harnessed. If I’m a middle-market team, I feel like it’s a risk worth taking. Between someone like a Phil Hughes and Ubaldo, Id rather take the risk on Ubaldo and a few more bucks.

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Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 6 months ago

I think Ubaldo is going to get nearly twice what Hughes got. As this article stated, the mid-market teams can’t afford him. The Indians have an advantage because they wont lose their own draft pick if they sign him, but there is no way they will spend 14/year on him.

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TheTeddyRuxpin
1 year 6 months ago

The Yankees are going to sign him. They just want to make sure the Tanaka bidding doesn’t get way out of hand first. The Yanks will get both him and Tanaka.

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Jeremy
1 year 6 months ago

Cmon, do it AA, $14M is within the Jays budget.

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johnrhee
1 year 6 months ago

Matt Garza or Ervin Santana is other option if Jimenez goes to the Pacific NW to sign w/ the Mariners.