The Baltimore Orioles have signed Ubaldo Jimenez to a 4 year $50 Million contract. The former Rockies and Indians pitcher is coming off one of his few good seasons he’s had, particularly in September where he had 6 starts and only gave up a total of 5 Earned Runs. Ubaldo defines inconsistency from year to year.
Every year since 2008, Ubaldo has started at least 31 games. That’s the most consistent thing about him as a starting pitcher. He has a career 9.6 K/9, 8.0 BB/9. He’s twice lead the entire league in Wild Pitches and was in the top 3 in walks the past 2 years. He’s given up 41 homers the past 2 seasons in Cleveland and now he’s headed to a hitters ballpark in Baltimore. HIs 2010 campaign seems like a lifetime ago.
But, with that said, Baltimore needed a starter and if he pitches like he did this past September, he could have some real value to Baltimore. He has postseason experience that seems very valuable due to what division the O’s are in. They had only a few choices with above average MLB experience and Ubaldo was the selection. I’m not sure how this deal will turn out 4 years from now when he’s 34, but as of now, I’m not a fan.