Indians extend qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez
The Cleveland Indians today announced that that have extended a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for the 2014 season.
Jimenez has until November 11th at 5PM ET to accept or decline the offer. If he accepts the offer then he would get a one year $14.1 million contract for 2014 and then become a free agent after next season. A declined offer would net the Indians an additional pick at the end of the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft in the event Jimenez signs with another Major League team. He is not expected to accept it.
Also, the Indians did not extend qualifying offers to top free agents left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir and right-handed pitcher Joe Smith. Smith was not a surprise since he is a reliever, but there was some who felt the Indians might extend one to Kazmir. The Indians felt all along that $14.1 million, even for one year, was a little risky, and ultimately they did not extend it to him. The lack of a qualifying offer for Smith and Kazmir should not have much - if any - effect with potential progress in resigning one or both of them.
Probably looking too much into the decision...but Tribe early interest in Hudson makes me wonder if the Tribe is ready to lose Kazmir.
I do agree with thin FA market for pitchers that 1st round pick would not matter when it comes to Jimenez.
Jimenez would be #3 behind Lee and Hamels.
The lack of a QO opens up 29 other teams to the bidding on Kaz's services. This will almost certainly have an effect on potential progress in resigning him. Tribe may still get something done but think it's 50-50 at best that he returns now.