Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Not only has Ubaldo Jimenez's impressive run over the past two months ensured that the Indians will want to exercise his $8 million club option for 2014, it also makes it a near lock that he'll exercise a clause in his contract to void it and become a free agent.
The 29-year-old's current contract, which he signed while with the Colorado Rockies in January 2009, states that he can void the 2014 club option if he is traded, which he was when the Cleveland Indians acquired him in July 2011. Because of his inconsistent performance since that 2011 season, there hasn't been any reason to think he'd end up as a free agent in line for a big deal this upcoming offseason.
Jimenez has had a solid year, however, and has been at this best over his past 11 starts with a 2.19 ERA in 65.2 innings with 26 walks and 69 strikeouts. Like Tim Lincecum, who has done a tremendous job of rebuilding some value after a rough season-and-a-half, Jimenez won't receive the huge megadeal he was in line for a few seasons ago. But his age and recent performance make it likely he'll get at least three years and $42 million this winter.