Eventually, the Tribe will have a coin-flip decision to make.
While the rest of baseball waits on the “will-he-or-won’t-he” posting saga of Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka, the pitching market has been mostly in a standstill. Now with word that Tanaka may not make it over to the Majors this year, the rumor mill is starting to churn. For the Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez named his price, according to Phil Hoynes.
For a guy who was a total bust for eighty percent of his time with the Indians, they would be taking a major risk and a leap of faith on whether or not Mickey Callaway truly found the magic touch last season, and that Jimenez will be able to maintain everything he seemed to find last summer.
On the other hand, if the Indians can’t re-sign Jimenez, it makes the need to bring back Masterson (in my opinion, probably a surer bet, anyway) much more greater. It then it becomes a question of who the Tribe deems as a better fit long-term because both of them probably aren’t staying.
And because it’s just the way we’re used to, wouldn’t it just be the kicker that the Indians post their bets on Masterson by letting Ubaldo go and Ubaldo turns back into the guy that we thought we were getting for good?
Sorry, it’s just the pessimist in me.
But really, now, $80 million for a guy who was worse than awful for the most part? I know pitching is at a premium, but that’s a ton of money for mediocrity at best. Then again, or old buddy Shin-Soo Choo somehow managed to fandangle $130 million from the Rangers without ever reaching an All-Star Game, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the money continues to be PowerBall-esque insanity.
However it shakes out, the Indians have their starting point for negotiations. Do you want Chris Antonetti’s job right now? I certainly don’t. Merry Christmas to all who are average at best and still get paid far more than what they are likely worth.