The Baltimore Orioles added Ubaldo Jimenez, an eight-year major league veteran, to their starting rotation this week, bringing a much needed sense of accomplishment to what has shaped up to be a wholly disappointing offseason for O's fans.
Jimenez is coming off arguably the second-best season of his career, a year spent with the Indians and one in which he redeemed himself for the first two years he spent in Cleveland, going a combined 13-21 with an ERA well over 5.00.
Jimenez capitalized on a dominant stretch run to finish the season with a 13-9 record, a 3.30 ERA (his lowest mark since 2010) and a career-best 9.6 K/9.
Not only does Jimenez bring a wealth of experience to the Orioles starting rotation (his 211 career starts are roughly equal to those of Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez), he brings a legitimate big league winner that has stuff worthy of "ace" status.
There are a few more things he brings to Baltimore, though, and as noted in the following slides, each will give the O's a decent chance at reaching the playoffs for the second time in three years.