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.
Free-agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has declined the $14.1M qualifying offer from the Indians. More soon on http://t.co/FJ5W7Rktqb.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 11, 2013
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.