Orioles discussing trades for Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez, who made only two starts and three relief appearances in the final 41 games of the regular season and didn’t appear in a postseason game, is being made available by the Baltimore Orioles, according to Major-League sources.
The Orioles have discussed Jimenez with several teams during the winter meetings being held in Phoenix this week.
Jimenez was the Orioles main move in the free agent market a year ago, signing a four-year, $50 million contract. He, however, was unable to revive his career with the AL East champion Orioles, going 6-9 with a 481 ERA in 25 appearances, 22 starts.
It was the third time in four seasons he has had a losing record, and his 122 1/3 innings of work was his lowest total in the last seven seasons. Jimenez made only two relief appearances between starts on Aug. 16 and Sept. 16. He also started Sept. 23, working five innings in each of the September starts but being credited with victories.
Jimenez had a dominating first half in 2010, going 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts for the Rockies, and throwing the only no-hitter in Rockies history. Since then, however, he is a combined 42-55 with a 4.43 ERA and has spent time with the Rockies, Indians and Orioles.
With three years remaining on his contract, Jimenez would be of interest to teams looking to add controllable pitchers if the organization felt it could help Jimenez regain consistency.