According to multiple reports, the Baltimore Orioles are close to finalizing a deal that will bring
free agent starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to their starting rotation. According to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com, the deal is reportedly a $48 million contract over four years. That’s a surprise if true, because rumor was that the Orioles didn’t want to go over two or three years for a pitcher. Jimenez had a strong season with Cleveland last year, going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA. However if you stick him in front of statistically the best defense in major league history, one would think he could post better numbers than that. If these rumors are true and Jimenez is in fact coming to Baltimore (by way of Sarasota), Cleveland would get the Orioles’ first round pick in this year’s draft – the 17th overall pick.
Update (7:30 PM) - How quickly these things move at times. Several outlets, including ESPNMLB are reporting via twitter that the Jimenez deal is done, pending a physical. That may well be a bit more of a bid deal for the Orioles than with any other team, but it looks like Jimenez will be an Oriole for the next four years.