The Indians announced this afternoon that they have extended a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The team had until 5 p.m. today to make their decision.
Notably, Cleveland did not extend a qualifying offer to lefty Scott Kazmir. He also was eligible to receive such an offer. He now will be a free agent, able to sign with any MLB team with no risk of draft compensation.
In the event that Jimenez signs with another squad, the Indians will receive an additional early draft pick for next June. Cleveland already received an extra draft pick from the competitive balance draft lottery.
It’s unsurprising that the soon-to-be 30-year-old Jimenez received the offer. He had a huge bounceback season, finishing 11-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts. Fans were mixed when it came down to Kazmir, two days older, who was 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts after missing over two full seasons.
Jimenez has until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, to decide whether he’ll accept the offer.