As expected, Ubaldo Jimenez turned down the Indians’ qualifying offer of a one-year, $14 million contract, choosing free agency instead.
Under baseball rules, the Tribe had to make the offer to preserve its rights to receive a draft pick between the first and second round if Jimenez signs with another team.
Jimenez, 29, turned around his career this year by compiling 13-9 record and 3.30 ERA. It is believed that he will command more than $40 million if he signs a three-year deal. Of course, his next contract could be even longer.
— Sheldon Ocker