We are about a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Indians spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, but right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez still has not found a home in free agency this offseason.

The market this offseason has not worked out how Jimenez and his representatives anticipated after he went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA and posted a career best 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings last season. When the offseason began they were aiming for a five year deal worth up to $75-80 million, similar to the one given to Anibal Sanchez by the Tigers last offseason, but now he is looking at a deal more in the three year $35-40 million range.

A big reason for the shrinking of Jimenez's market is the draft compensation that Jimenez has attached to him after the Indians extended him the qualifying offer and he declined it.

The other big reason for the lack of interest in Jimenez is concerns about his focus and commitment in a non-contract year. He also created problems in Colorado during the 2011 season and a division in the clubhouse because of his contract situation, so teams may be wondering if a below market deal could create the same kind of situation. There are also concerns about his herky jerky delivery could lead to arm issues down the road.

That is a lot going against Jimenez at the moment, and shows why even after a very good 2013 campaign teams have been so hesitant to sign him and why his price tag keeps getting marked down.

Many Indians fans are probably wondering whether Jimenez's price will fall far enough where the Indians may be willing to sign him to a multi-year deal or even just bring him back on a one year deal. If his price truly bottoms out, then yes, the Indians would probably be interested, but to date the Indians have not shown much interest in bringing him back.

The Indians were very decisive in the way they handled Jimenez early in the offseason. The fact they offered him the qualifying offer should not be misconstrued as them having interest in resigning him because they knew he was not going to accept it anyway. It was their way of guaranteeing they get compensation if he signs elsewhere and if his market crashed to the point that he became less of a risk financially then perhaps they could entertain the possibility of bringing him back.

Perhaps the Indians are being coy about things behind the scenes and not letting talks leak out to the public. That is what happened last year at this time when it was announced they had signed Michael Bourn, a deal which caught many by surprise. It is possible they have circled back to him recently, but since he officially declined the qualifying offer the Indians reportedly moved on and there has been no sign since that they have changed their stance.