(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – Ubaldo Jimenez will not be back with the Cleveland Indians for the 2014 season.
According to multiple reports Jimenez agreed to a four-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles worth about $50 million. The deal was reported on Monday evening and is pending a physical.
The Indians had offered Jimenez a $14.1 million qualifying offer for one year, but he did not accept it making him a free agent this offseason. Because Jimenez signed with the Orioles, Cleveland will receive a compensation MLB draft pick at the end of the first round.
Jimenez, 30, had a terrific final four months pitching for the Tribe in 2013 but finished 13-9 overall with an ERA of 3.30.
Right now the Indians starting pitching rotation features Justin Masterson, Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister. The final spot in the rotation is up for a competition which features Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin, Aaron Harang and Shaun Marcum.
- Nick Camino