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Cleveland Indians lose Ubaldo, gain draft pick

Ubaldo Jimenez inked a four-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Ubaldo Jimenez inked a four-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
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In an MLB.com article dated Tuesday, February 18, 2014, titled “Indians happy to receive extra Draft pick for Ubaldo” writer Jordan Bastian shares the Indians were never going to offer former Indians’ and free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez the kind of contract he was expected to get on the open market. They would, however, happily accept the Draft-pick compensation that was attached to losing their former pitcher.

Jimenez inked a reported four-year deal worth around $50 million with the Baltimore Orioles. That deal will cause the Orioles to lose their first round draft pick (17th overall) and give the Indians a compensatory pick (30th overall) between the first and second round of the draft.

"Any opportunity we have to acquire talent is an important opportunity for us organizationally," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "Our long-term success will be predicated based upon how successful we are at acquiring and developing our own talent.”

Unfortunately the Indians have not had much luck in the past in developing their own talent through the draft. They have fared better in recent years with top prospects such as Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin tearing up the farm system. Perhaps the addition gained from this pick can join last year’s top pick, Clint Frazier, in the low minors and give Tribe fans something to look forward to for years to come.

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