Little progress towards a new deal has been made by the Cleveland Indians and a pair of pitchers who recently declared for free agency. The Cleveland Indians could lose both pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir.
While the Indians would welcome both Kazmir and Jimenez back the prices of the two pitchers could dictate their exit from Cleveland.
Kazmir bounced back on a minor league deal from years of obscurity to have a 4.04 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 158 innings of work.
Likewise, the Indians were rewarded for their patience in Jimenez. The 29-year-old had a 3.30 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 182 2/3 innings of work and was one of the best pitchers in baseball after the All-Star break holding a 1.82 ERA.
The Indians made Jimenez a $14 million qualifying offer but the right hander is expected to reject it. Already the New York Yankees have expressed interest.
Matt Albers and Joe Smith are two other pitchers that the Indians are expected to lose via free agency reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.