With each and every good outing that he has, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez makes his free agent profile look that much better. The fact that now the Tribe is probably going to the postseason will just bump it even higher, especially if they go deep into the postseason and Jimenez pitches well. It would be a good thing that the Indians have a team option for the 2014 season with Jimenez if he didn’t have veto power on that option. Now they will need to come off some cash to re-sign the solid starter.
It seems that the facts that make Jimenez a solid free agent pitcher are the same facts that give the Indians reason to sign him. They will at the very least give him a qualifying offer but they should do more than that. Chances are Scott Kazmir will warrant a little more than they are willing to pay thanks to the slim free agent market on young starters this off-season, so they need to retain Jimenez to keep some consistency in that rotation. That is the only way to build a consistent winner. They can’t send solid starters away after two years and have a winning legacy to enjoy.
Jimenez won’t make a rip-ton of money like some of the new age starters have the last couple of years. He’s rumored to be looking at somewhere between 10 and 14 million dollars per season for three or so years. That is something the Indians should be willing to do. They have a young core and not a lot of big money players other than Michael Bourn and a scattered few others that certainly make less than him. Come off of the cash Tribe, you won’t be sorry.