After restoring some of his market value with a solid season, Ubaldo Jimenez will likely decline his 2014 option with the Cleveland Indians and test the free agent market, reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.
Jimenez lost a league-high 17 games with a 5.40 ERA in 2012 before bouncing back this year with 13 wins, a 3.30 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 innings ratio. While the Tribe expects Jimenez to exercise his $8 million player option, they could elect to make him a one-year qualifying offer for about $14 million and receive compensation if he signs elsewhere.
A qualifying offer could have a significant impact on the pitcher's leverage given his uneven production over the last few seasons. A compromise could be the Tribe looking to land a two-year extension with the righthander.
The future of Jimenez is not the only offseason rotation issue for the Tribe. Lefthander Scott Kazmir is eligible for free agency and could land elsewhere.