MLB News: Jimenez rejects offer, Indians likely to receive compensatory pick

As expected, Ubaldo Jimenez did not accept the Indians’ qualifying offer of $14.1 million for the 2014 season.  He had until today at 5 p.m. EST to accept the offer, and he will now become a free agent.

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Indians will receive a compensatory pick in the June 2014 draft if Jimenez signs as a free agent with any other club, which is highly likely. Jimenez is viewed as one of the premier starting pitchers on the free agent market, after a stellar second half in 2013.

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  • typo

    I think this is good. I have serious doubts that he will pitch like an ace consistently going forward. I think he will end up being a frustrating head case for his next team as he was for most of his time with us.

  • Natedawg86

    He owes mick!!!

  • mgbode

    Cut me mick!

  • Kildawg

    I don’t know if there are talks going on for one of those sign and trades involving Ubaldo to get around that draft pick compensation. It would have to be a really intriguing SP prospect and/or a power bat that can play either RF/1B/3B.

  • Steve

    I’d guess that a team would much rather give up the draft pick than two guys who could probably help them that season.

  • The Other Tim

    Dear Big Spending MLB Team,
    We fixed him, now he’s yours.
    Love,
    The Indians.

  • mgbode

    and pay no attention to the man (mickey) behind the curtain pulling those strings.

  • nj0

    Sign and trades don’t happen in baseball.

    No team is going give up real prospects plus pay $xM over y years when there are other FAs on the market.

    Also if Jimenez is willing to accept a deal from us, why would he then want to be traded? Why not just accept that same deal from the team we’re trading him to? Or stay with us? The whole point of rejecting the qualifying offer is to hit the open market where multiple suitors drive your price up. A sign and trade cancels that all out.

  • A6768NAMVET

    Ubaldo is very inconsistent and anyone giving him a huge contract is nuts!!!

  • Rick Manning

    No coincidence that he pitched like an ace in the second half of a contract year. Id like to have him back but only if the price is reasonable, and it likely wont be.