The Toronto Blue Jays would be making a major mistake by signing an inconsistent starting pitcher such as Ubaldo Jimenez to a long-term contract this offseason. Sure, the Blue Jays could use some help in their starting rotation, but adding Jimenez would be like spraying air freshener in a boy’s locker room. Toronto doesn’t need another question or short-term juggernaut on this pitching staff. Instead, this club would benefit most from spending money on a more proven starter, who has shown his worth over a span of four five years.
Some MLB fans might say that Jimenez is proven, but I’m not buying into the year that he had in 2013. Jimenez seemed to hit lighting in a bottle with the Cleveland Indians, yet it’s important to note that the 2013 campaign was a contract year for this supposed ace. Therefore, Jimenez has had his sights set on a major payday ever since day one of Indians spring training.
Any MLB team interested in Jimenez definitely knows the starter’s checkered past and the fact that teams are reportedly willing to offer upwards $14 million a season for this guy is ridiculous. Apparently, baseball front offices aren’t unaware of the fact that Jimenez was booted out of the Colorado Rockies organization and promptly led all of the major leagues in losses in his first full year with Cleveland.
Jimenez is a guy who had a wonderful contract year and is someone who should be avoided at all costs by MLB teams — including the Blue Jays.