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Indians make $14.1 million qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez

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The Indians presented a qualifying offer of a $14.1 million, one-year contract to Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday, enabling them to receive a draft choice if Jimenez signs with another club as a free agent, which apparently is his intention.

Jimenez has until Monday at 5 p.m. to accept or reject the offer.

The amount of the qualifying offer is calculated by taking the average of the top 125 major-league salaries from the previous season.

Last week, Jimenez voided the Tribe’s $8 million option for 2014, making himself a free agent.

After struggling for 1½ seasons following his trade from the Colorado Rockies to the Indians, Jimenez turned around his career by posting a 13-9 record and 3.30 ERA last season.

That put him at or near the top of this year’s crop of free-agent starters with the ability to command about $14 million per season on a multiyear deal.

Sheldon Ocker


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