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Baltimore Orioles Sign Ubaldo Jimenez to 4-Year, $48MM Deal; New York Yankees were Once Interested

February 17th, 2014 at 7:58 PM
By Douglas Rush

Three years ago, the New York Yankees nearly tried to trade for Ubaldo Jimenez at the trade deadline when he was the ace of the Colorado Rockies, but decided against it because Colorado asked for too much in a return deal.

Three years later, Jimenez was the free agent pitcher that the Yankees could have negotiated with and signed, but decided not to, but they will now see plenty of him pitching against them, as Jimenez has agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported.

Jimenez was dealt that summer at the deadline, but instead to the Cleveland Indians, which is where he has resided since July of 2011. The growing feeling around baseball was that if the Yankees didn't sign Masahiro Tanaka in free agency this winter, Jimenez was the Yankees "Plan B" as far as pitching goes.

In fact, there were others around baseball who thought that the Yankees could have landed both Tanaka and Jimenez because of the team's great need for pitching, but the Yankees decided to spend their money on Tanaka and for the second time, pass on Jimenez.

In 2013, Jimenez pitched to a 13-9 record with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for the Tribe and had 194 strikeouts in 182.2 innings. His best season as a professional came back in 2010 where he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in Colorado, but after that season, he suffered a severe dip in velocity, plus his command and control issues had been well documented, thus why the Yankees decided to stay away after dealing with that same exact issue with A.J. Burnett for three seasons.

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