Sep 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher U. Jimenez (30) delivers in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
The Indians didn’t win the Ubaldo trade any more than the Rockies did. Jimenez had a bad time in Cleveland the rest of 2011, a bad 2012, and then a decent-ish 2013, after which he left in free agency. (Even in Baltimore, he’s never again found the success he had in, say, 2009 or 2010 with the Colorado Rockies.)
He led the American League in losses in 2012, and while losses are not the best metric to judge pitchers, he also added a 5.40 ERA, 1.613 WHIP, 1.5 K:BB ratio, and 25 homers allowed in 31 starts that year. Things certainly weren’t good.
After giving the Indians a good season in 2013, he walked in free agency to join the Baltimore Orioles. Cleveland got nothing in return for the righty, never having been able to put a good enough team around him to do serious postseason damage.
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