Orioles Pick up Jimenez 4YR/50MM

The Baltimore Orioles are taking a chance on Ubaldo Jimenez.  They hope to get the Jimenez that finished strong in Cleveland, as opposed to the one that has struggled mightily since taking the MLB by storm with the Rockies in the first half of the 2010 season.

Jimenez, should he pass his physical, will be looking at a $50MM payday over four years.  Because Jimenez turned down the Indians $14.1MM qualifying offer, the Orioles will need to give up their first-round (17th overall) draft pick as well.

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Me too. Personally will always consider him shafted by the organization and thrown under the bus by a hypocritical Tulo.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Heard MLBN tv analysts saying that they don’t think Ubaldo will do as well in Baltimore facing the mighty AL East lineups under the bright lights. Ubaldo pitched in low pressure cities (Denver & Cleveland). But as Ag says, he’s very durable which is an asset to any club. MLBN also says that Ubaldo has an unorthodox arm action which could create command issues. Half of me says I want Ubaldo to do well as I hate those Yanks and… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Wow, Prog, “thrown under the bus by a hypocritical Tulo.” Not sure I’d go that far. But I will say this about Ubaldo: he obviously went through some physical problems — not just “mechanical issues” that permanently caused him to lose at least 5 mph off his fastball. But he’s pitched through it. Innings pitched and games started since he became a full season big league starter in 2008 for us: 199 IP, 34 starts 218, 33 222, 33 188,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

IMO Tulo is a hypocrite for saying stuff like “Ubaldo should stop worrying about money and just play.” By this time of course Tulo himself had already renegotiated out of 2 contracts. The first time aiding in the necessity to trade the real star of the team, Matt Holliday and the second extension coinciding with interviews where he redirects the team’s circumstances on the successes of second or first year guys like Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler rather than on… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I get your point, Prog. But I guess Tulo never had to whine about getting paid since the Rockies were always ahead of the curve by offering him big money extensions. But the 2008 extension? How can you criticize that one? They got a tremendous deal even if Tulo suddenly caught the injury bug after it. The second extension was the unnecessary one, but assuming (again, a big assumption) that Tulo stays relatively healthy, salary inflation has turned him into… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, you should be a little more careful about your facts: “But Jhonny Peralta — a guy who’s a few years older, questionable defensively, and had a late career hitting rebound that just happened to coincide with a positive steroid test ”

Jhonny Peralta did receive a 50 game suspension for PEDs because of the Biogenesis case. He did not fail a drug test.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Bob, you’re right. It wasn’t a positive test. Of course, the larger point is that he accepted the suspension, and that any neutral observer would have to wonder whether PED use was a significant contributor to his performance.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Good points all around.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Tulo was never a hypocrite. He was all about winning. Ubaldo was told by the Rox management that he will get a big contract the following year. Ubaldo went on to whine about not getting his money immediately during the course of the season while he was pitching miserably when everyone knows the Rox as a small market team can’t afford to shell out three big contracts at the same time. Ubaldo was really the crybaby worrying about money instead… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

I don’t see Ubaldo in Baltimore having a happy ending for either party. I think he’s fragile mentally – and has complicated mechanics. Mechanics aside……the AL East isn’t the place for fragile egos and lack of confidence.

We’ll see.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I like Ubaldo. I like Tulo. I wish Ubaldo had managed to keep that 100 mph fastball going. I wish Tulo had stayed healthy. Neither one did. Injuries and poor performances make for finger pointing. I never thought the Tulo-Ubaldo thing was that big a deal. As for Ubaldo in Baltimore, Johan Keri at grantland did his pre-season summary/power ranking thing and mentioned that Ubaldo’s “return to form” in the second half last year had a lot to do with… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
6 years ago

I like Ubaldo….will always remember him the first year at Salt River Fields when he was in street clothes walking around the stadium while the game was going on. “Ubaldo! What are you doing?” “No one knows me here….I love it!” Towards the end of ST, we were in our seats (1st row by bullpen), Ubaldo was signing autographs. I had visited often with him, and he says “you want my autograph?” I say “I am not really an autograph… Read more »

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