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Ubaldo a goner?

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07:28 AM ET 10.14 | Perhaps the Indians could talk Ubaldo Jimenez into not voiding his 2014 option, though it may be unlikely. It sounds like they've been told Jimenez will void his club option and test the free agent market. I would imagine they'll talk to him as he goes through the free agent process. They could also make him a one-year qualifying offer for an estimated $14 million to guarantee they'll receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. The question I'm sure the Indians are discussing among themselves is who is the real Ubaldo Jimenez? Is he the starter who struggled for a year and a half after the Indians acquired him from the Rockies? Or is he the lead-dog starter who led them to the postseason this year?

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October 14, 2013  08:53 AM ET

The former.

October 14, 2013  09:04 AM ET

At todays prices these starting pitchers are getting why not offer him a qualifying offer and hope he signs it or at worst get a top draft pick for him.

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October 14, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Usucko Ubaldo!
But, he's probably still worth gambling on with a qualifying offer, if he takes in then he still has to actually try to pitch well again to get a good FA deal a year down the road...if he doesn't take it you get the pick.

October 14, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Perfect as a #3 starter but nothing more than that.

October 14, 2013  12:18 PM ET

this sounds like a "buy high, sell low" scenario. Let the guy go, pick him up off the wavier wire in July. I'd over pay for a guy like Justin Verlander, I wouldn't overpay for a guy like Ubaldo Jiminez.

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