Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Coming out of the 2012 season, it seemed a big question whether or not the Indians would use the first of Ubaldo Jimenez's two team options and bring him back for $5.75 million. To this point, Jimenez had been historically bad, but had shown flashes of excellence in individual starts. Willing to take a chance for the relatively low price, the Indians brought him back and he had his best season since 2010 when he came in third for the NL Cy Young. While it seemed almost a certainty at this time last year that the Indians would never keep Jimenez around for 2014, all of a sudden things are not so clear. Jimenez is entering his final year of the six year deal he signed with the Rockies in 2009. He has a team option for this final season that would have him making $8M for the year with a guaranteed $1 million upon his release. This means that as far as the Indians are concerned, it is really a $7M decision since they will have to pay him one million either way. If it was guarant...
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