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February 12, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Failures to Communicate

by Daniel Rathman


No recent contact between Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez
The Indians tendered Ubaldo Jimenez a qualifying offer. The right-hander turned it down. Since then, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the sides have barely spoken.

A source told Rosenthal that general manager Chris Antonetti and Jimenez’s representatives at SFX have not been in contact in “weeks,” leaving the former Rockie to search for a team willing to cough up its highest draft pick to sign him on the heels of his best season since 2010. The Blue Jays are the club most recently connected to the 30-year-old, but that was nearly two weeks ago, and there has been no indication that talks have progressed.

Jimenez did his best work during the second half of last year, when his K:BB ratio soared from 1.77 before the All-Star break to 3.70 the rest of the way. During that stretch, he struck out 100 batters and issued only 27 walks in 84 innings—and served up only three home runs, to boot.

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