July 1, 2016

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Jimenez becomes free agent

Chris Assenheimer

The Gazette

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez may have thrown his last pitch for the Indians.

In a pair of expected moves Friday, Cleveland exercised its $8 million option for next season on Jimenez, who voided the option and became a free agent.

The Indians can make Jimenez a qualifying offer of $14.1 million for 2014 by Monday. Jimenez, who went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts and was one of the majors’ best pitchers in the second half, would have a week to accept. If he doesn’t, the Indians would receive a first-round draft pick should the 29-year-old Jimenez sign with another team.

Jimenez, who struggled for the majority of his tenure in Cleveland after arriving in a high-profiled trade with the Rockies during the 2011, is expected to test the free-agent market in search of a long-term contract.

The Indians cut ties with Jason Kubel, declining a $7.5 million option for 2014 on the designated hitter/outfielder. He was acquired in a late-August waiver wire trade with Arizona but played sparingly.

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