Baltimore Orioles acquire pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez
Free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles reportedly have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. Sources said the contract is for four years and worth $48 million to $50 million.
The Baltimore Sun and The Associated Press
BALTIMORE – Free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a contract, pending a physical, according to multiple media reports.
Sources said the contract is for four years and worth $48 million to $50 million.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles were in negotiations in recent days and a fourth year for the 30-year-old was a sticking point. The team has not recently signed a starting pitcher to a contract longer than three years.
Jimenez, who was considered one of the elite starting pitchers still on the market, reportedly had received interest from two other American League East teams.
Right-hander Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 earned-run average in 32 starts for Cleveland last season. He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Indians, so Baltimore would have to forfeit its first-round draft pick (17th overall) to sign Jimenez.
Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president, has been searching for a veteran starter for much of the offseason to help anchor the rotation.
Jimenez is 82-75 with a 3.92 ERA over eight major-league seasons.
Jimenez broke into the majors with Colorado in 2006. His best season statistically was 2010, when he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 33 starts for the Rockies and pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history.
Earlier Monday, Baltimore finalized a three-year, $5.575 million deal with South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, 27. If he starts 26 or more games each season, the value of the contract could surpass $13 million.
Giants’ Morse says he feels healthy
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Michael Morse is healthy again, and he thinks he is ready to return to the form that made him one of the top hitters in the National League in 2011.
Morse played 76 games for the Mariners last year before being traded to Baltimore in August for outfielder Xavier Avery.
Morse agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants in December and is expected to play left field. He said he has no restrictions after surgery to shave a bone spur in his left wrist in October.
Morse, 31, said he played most of last year with pain in his wrist, thinking it was part of the routine bumps and bruises. He hit 11 home runs through May for the Mariners and had two more the rest of the season — none in 12 games for the Orioles.
Morse had 31 homers and drove in 95 runs for the Washington Nationals in 2011.
As for defense, Morse said, “I’ll catch the routine balls. I may not make the spectacular catch but we have (Angel) Pagan in center. He can make those plays.”
• On the first day of spring training for the Colorado Rockies, manager Walt Weiss announced 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins is the team’s closer. Hawkins, who saved 13 games and had a 2.93 ERA last season for the New York Mets, pitched for Colorado in 2007.
• Toronto starter Brandon Morrow got to the point quickly when discussing what went wrong for the Blue Jays last year.
“We pitched like garbage,” the former Mariner said. “Starting pitchers were awful the first month, myself included.”