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