Cleveland (WOIO) - No surprise, Ubaldo Jimenez has declined the Indians' $14.1 million qualifying offer, becoming a free agent.
Jimenez was the American League's best pitcher after the All-Star break last season, putting up a 1.82 ERA in 84 innings, second only to Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
The Indians made the offer knowing Jimenez would likely decline it, because they'll now receive a first-round draft pick in return once Jimenez signs with another club.
The Tribe can also continue negotiating a new, multi-year deal with Ubaldo, but he's expected to land at least a 3-year deal worth between $12-15 million per season, and that's likely out of the Indians' price range.
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