A story on the Indians website by Jordan Bastian examined Jimenez and the Tribe’s six other free agents on their likelihood of remaining with the Indians in 2014.
Jimenez is ranked “Low” in likelihood to stay, as he is in line for a four-year contract worth more than $50 million, according to Bastian.
Two of the Tribe’s late-season additions, catcher Kelly Shoppach and outfielder Jason Kubel, are also ranked “Low” and could get minor-league deals with the Tribe or someone else.
Reliever Matt Albers also got a “Low” ranking after a strong season, as other teams may try to poach him for his durability and 3.14 ERA.
Joe Smith, the focus of Bastian’s article, was a consistent presence for the Tribe, usually pitching in the eighth inning. He expressed in the article that he wants to stay in Cleveland. The Tribe may have to give him a two-year contract to keep him, though.
Finally, Jason Giambi is ranked “High” to return, even though he’s already 42 years old. Tribe management loves his positive influence in the clubhouse, and he hit a pair of walk-off home runs last season.
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