The Cleveland Indians have a decision to make this off season with regards to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. The biggest question the Indians face will be whether to offer him a $14 million qualifying offer, which is based on the average of the top 125 contracts in the big leagues.
As reported by Paul Hoynes on cleveland.com, the situation with Jimenez will follow a pretty straightforward path. Jimenez pitched well in the second half of the season, so the Indians will pick up the $8 million club option for next season when the World Series is over.
Jimenez, under the advice of his agents, will most likely decline the option. After they decline the offer, the Indians will be save $1 million, which was to be used for Jimenez’s buyout.
When the option is decline, Jimenez will become a free agent and it is apparent that the Indians will not offer him a multiyear contract. The deadline for the Indians to make an offer to Jimenez such as to one Tim Lincecum just received from the...