The Orioles today announced that they have signed RHP UBALDO JIMENEZ to a four-year contract. Jimenez, 30, is 82-75 with a 3.92 ERA (1275.2IP, 556ER) in 212 career games (211 starts) with Colorado and Cleveland.
Among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings pitched since 2008, Jimenez ranks 6th in all of baseball with 0.7 HR/9.0 IP, tied for 7th with 195 starts, and 8th with a 1.57 GB/FB ratio, 61.1 ground ball percentage, and 8.35 K/9.0 IP. In that time, Jimenez is one of 10 pitchers to have made 31 or more starts in each season.
In 2013, Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA (182.2IP, 67ER) and ranked among the top 10 in the American League in K/9.0IP (4th, 9.56, a new career-high), average against with RISP (6th, .205; 31-for-151), slugging percentage against (8th, .367), road ERA (8th, 2.95), strikeouts (9th, 194) and ERA (10th, 3.30). He was named AL Pitcher of the Month for September, his 3rd career award and first since May 2010, after going 4-0 with 1.09 ERA (41.0IP, 5ER, 7BB, 51K) in six starts in the season’s final month, helping Cleveland advance to the postseason. Jimenez allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his final 13 starts to end the season, posting a 1.82 ERA (84.0IP, 17ER, 27BB, 100K) in 12 starts after the All-Star break. His second half ERA was the 2nd-lowest in MLB (Kershaw, LAD, 1.59).
The National League’s starting pitcher in the 2010 All-Star Game, Jimenez finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young balloting that season after going 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA with four complete games. He has posted a 3.54 post-season ERA (28.0IP, 11ER) in five total starts for Colorado in 2007 and 2009. In 2009, Jimenez set a World Baseball Classic record, striking out 10 batters in his lone start (4.0 scoreless IP), March 10 vs. the Netherlands.
Originally signed by Colorado as an amateur free agent, April 25, 2001, he was acquired by Cleveland in exchange for four players, July 30, 2011. Jimenez will wear uniform #31.
To make room for Jimenez on the 40-man roster, RHP LIAM HENDRIKS has been designated for assignment.
JIMENEZ TO BE INTRODUCED IN SARASOTA TOMORROW AT 9:30 A.M.
Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations DAN DUQUETTE, Manager BUCK SHOWALTER and Jimenez will be available to the media at a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, February 20, at 9:30 a.m. The press conference will be carried live on TV by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). It will take place in the Baseball Operations Center of the Orioles year-round training facility at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 1090 N. Euclid Avenue in Sarasota, FL. Media planning to attend the press conference should contact Jay Moskowitz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking will be available on 11th Street and a parking pass can be picked up at the main reception desk when you arrive.
For media that are unable to attend the press conference, but interested in using footage, Orioles Productions will make audio and video files available for download via www.oriolespressbox.com. A media advisory will be sent when footage has been uploaded. Media outlets that do not already have an account with MLB.com will be prompted to create one at the www.oriolespressbox.com homepage.