Yankees ink Tanaka; Ubaldo Jiménez could be the next domino to fall

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo

Is Ubaldo the next to sign?

Highly coveted Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees agreed to a seven-year $155 million deal on Wednesday. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the details. It’s a record amount given to an incoming Japanese player under the new posting system that caps team transfer fees at $20 million.

But with Tanaka off the free agent board, this now means that pieces should fall into play soon for the remaining top pitchers. This includes likely departing Cleveland Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez as well as Kansas City’s Ervin Santana and Texas’ Matt Garza.

MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo shares that one National League executive bets that deals could be reached for those three as early as this weekend.

Today is actually Jiménez’s 30th birthday. He had an outstanding final four-fifths of 2013 with the Tribe. In his 27 starts from April 29-onward, he went 13-7 with a 2.61 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 165.2 innings. He arguably was baseball’s best pitcher in the second half.

This followed nearly two full seasons of sub-standard pitching, among the worst for any full-time starter. That’s what makes his free agency status fairly intriguing in this rapidly changing market place. Reportedly, he is requesting $14 million per year for multiple seasons.

Jiménez declined Cleveland’s one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million. That means any signing team will have to forfeit their highest available draft pick for the right to sign him in free agency. That caveat means there’s a small but non-zero possibility he could somehow find his way back to Cleveland.

[Related: The Qualifier: Can the Indians steal back Ubaldo Jimenez?]


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ubaldo and his agent are really hoping he’s next. I don’t think so I think Santana and Garza go first. No way is Ubaldo worth anywhere near what Tanaka received from the once again spending like there is no tomorrow Yankees.

  • Natedawg86

    So who is without first round draft picks?
    Mariners, Phillies, Mets are in top 10 and can sign Jimenez without losing their pick

  • mgbode

    Yessir. I’m guessing the M`s for Ubaldo.

  • WFNYJacob

    They’d then lose their next-highest pick. Not a first-rounder, but still valuable.

  • Natedawg86

    I could see him ending up in Philly as well with all of their injuries to SP last year.

  • Natedawg86

    Could the Ms get choo if they wanted to as well and still not forfiet 1st rounder?

  • mgbode

    they would just do what we did last year with Swisher & Bourn. 1st rounder protected, so you keep losing the next highest pick (2nd, 3rd, etc.).

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Nice to finally see a small-market, mid-budget team get a chance to sign a big name. I for one am tired of the Royals and Indians and Pirates of the world grabbing all the top guys and leaving other teams fighting for the scraps. A new dawn in MLB has arrived!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Wait, what? 😉

  • Garry_Owen

    Works for the Sox, no?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Sox haven’t been as fiscally irresponsible of late. The Yankees want to knock the Dodgers out of the headlines.

  • mgbode

    2014 ??
    2013 $155mil
    2012 $175
    2011 $163
    2010 $168

    And, have to remember it took a salary purge to get to that 2013 number. Frugal Bostonians they are.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I never said the Red Sox didn’t spend but that purge was a truly masterful move. All the national outlets were lauding the Dodgers and belittling the Sox yet one year later Boston had this:


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pure jealousy that’s why the NY Yankees have spent over a combined $400M in contracts!

  • Kildawg

    Choo already signed with Dallas. Rangers needed a RF and leadoff hitter; they could live without their 1st round pick.