Just one year prior, however, Jimenez netted just a 5.40 ERA for Cleveland. He has never managed to limit walks, allowing 4.1 free passes per nine over his career. And Jimenez's stellar early-career ground-ball induction skills have waned of late. Last year, he checked in with a 43.5% ground ball rate, which fell below league average.
Jimenez, 30, is more willing to pitch in the American League.
Old Sneakers wrote:One injury to your starting rotation and this team is a mess all over.
AlexConway wrote:I completely disagree with this sentiment. Jimenez has his clear flaws, but he has a great K% and some electric stuff. He'll be the 2-3 starter in the rotation and honestly, at the current market prices what he got is just about right. Flawless pitchers don't come on the market and if they do the Orioles won't be able to sign them. Santana has his faults as well, he has a below average K% and some consistency issues and he'll likely get the same deal Jimenez got from another team.
Giving up the draft pick sucks, but it happens. The price of doing business. If they didn't sign Jimenez than they would have been a middling team with the excellent young position player core they only get to keep for cheap for two more years. Jimenez makes this team a true playoff contender right now.
Old Sneakers wrote:http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jimenub01.shtml
The more and more I look at his stats. I think "This is another #4 type SP" I am still not happy about this. This doesn't make sense. Yes, the man has been largely durable but he's not a true inning eater, he's not going to offer superior results. So far as I can see the only thing it does long term is give Gausman, Wright and perhaps Rodriguez a shot at development time in the minors.
I would rather have seen the team sign affordable depth in the form of replacement players and keep the draft intact. One injury to your starting rotation and this team is a mess all over.
Seafordeagles wrote:I thought this was an interesting read:
MLB leaders in ERA, second half of 2013 (minimun 80 IP):
1.59 - Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers
1.82 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland
1.85 - Zack Greinke, L.A. Dodgers
Jimenez allowed two runs or less in 21 of his last 28 starts, going 13-7 with a 2.61 ERA. That is, for sure, on the plus side. He also allowed a batting average of just .211 when pitching with runners in scoring position and two outs and just .173 when he was ahead on the count.
Jimenez has made at least 31 starts and pitched at least 176 2/3 innings in each of the last six seasons, three times throwing 198 innings or more. He allows a career .689 OPS to right-handed batters and a .709 mark to lefties, so he does well against hitters from both sides of the plate.
AL leaders, strikeouts per nine innings, 2013:
11.89 - Yu Darvish, Texas
10.06 - Max Scherzer, Detroit
9.99 - Anibal Sanchez, Detroit
9.56 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland
What if we had an injury and we had not signed Jimenez? I don't understand your reasoning. Maybe I'm missing something.
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