(Cleveland) - The Indians have lost another piece of their 2013 starting rotation. Monday evening, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a four year, $48 million deal. The signing is still pending until Jimenez passes a physical, and after losing out on their $15 million deal with pitcher Grant Belfour because of a failed physical, the Orioles must be holding their breaths.
Jimenez, 30, finished third in National League Cy Young voting in 2010 and was considered one of baseball's best pitchers. He then started to disappoint following the 2010 season until he appeared to get things going in the second half of the 2013 season with the Indians.
In Ubaldo's last 12 starts, he went (6-4) with a 1.72 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings pitched. He went (13-9) with a 3.30 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 2013 while being a solid piece to the Indians' starting rotation. His 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings marked the highest K-rate in his career.
Jimenez joins pitchers Chris Tillman and Wei-Yin Chen at the top of the Orioles starting rotation. Baltimore finished tied for third place in the AL East last season with an (85-77) record.
If the Orioles do complete the deal with Ubaldo they will forfeit the 17th overall pick in the draft. Jimenez has first-round draft pick compensation tied to him after he declined the Indians $14.1 million qualifying offer.
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