Os working toward Jimenez deal
SARASOTA– Patience could pay off for the Orioles, who sources confirmed are close to a deal with free agent Ubaldo Jimenez.
The news, first reported by MASNSports.com on Monday night, come on the heels of the official announcement for a three-year, $5.75 million deal for Suk-min Yoon, which was the club’s largest signing this winter. Jimenez would blow that out of the water.
The righty has been looking for a four year deal and sources confirmed that is in play in the negotiations, which MASN estimated around a $48 million total value.
Seeking a starter the entire winter, the Orioles were hesitant to give up a Draft pick although they will have to for Jimenez given that he declined a qualifying offer. Getting a deal done with Jimenez, which could be finalized before the morning, would be a huge boon for an organization that took a serious hit with a quiet winter.
The Orioles, who have also kept in contact with Ervin Santana’s camp, have payroll flexibility from trading away Jim Johnson and it’s possible they make another move after Jimenez. Jimenez has spent the past three years with the Indians, and is coming off a solid 2013 in which he went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts.