The Cleveland Indians are already suggesting that they will hit the free agent market and look for a bat and a starting pitcher. Both of those would be very good moves for the Indians if they can get a couple of good ones. Meanwhile starting pitcher and free agent Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to reject the Indians qualifying offer and test the lucrative waters of free agency in search of a good payday. Why is it that we can’t get these two together?
Remember back in school when two would be set up by someone else? That is what needs to happen to the Indians and Jimenez. The Indians want to find a good free agent starter. Um, here in Jimenez we have a good free agent starting pitcher. Yay, we have a match. Jimenez wants to search out a contending team that is willing to give good money to a somewhat proven starting pitcher. Here in the Indians we have just such a team. Why do they even need to go through the process?
Obviously Jimenez already knows the team and his teammates. He also knows that the Indians are on the way up and will surely be a contender next season for at least an ALCS run if not more. They haven’t been too shy about paying players what they deserve either. If I were Jimenez’s agent, I think I would be nodding towards the Indians and suggesting they talk it out. Why should both sides move on when each can fill the needs of the other? Ah well, that’s the business of baseball I guess. Hopefully it will all work out.