Apparently the Orioles are shopping Ubaldo Jimenez at the GM meetings. Isn’t the offseason awesome?
— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) November 12, 2014
MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli tweets (via Tracy Ringolsby), that the O’s have discussed Jimenez trades with “several clubs.” As she notes, Jimenez has three years remaining on his $50 million deal. He’s owed $38.25 million over the next three seasons.
The return for Jimenez would be low, after a pretty disastrous season with the O’s (4.81 ERA, 4.67 FIP, 1.516 WHIP, 1.51 K/BB), but a trade would free up money for other free agents. (Can you say Yasmany Tomas?)
I can’t help but wonder if Jimenez didn’t gel with the O’s this season. The news of him not traveling with the club when he was left of the ALCS roster is fresh in my mind, though I may, admittedly, be making too much of that.
Still, how could the O’s go from investing $50 million over four years to looking to sell so low in less than year?