The Indians exercised the 2013 option on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez today, but declined options on DH Travis Hafner and right-hander Roberto Hernandez. Jimenez will make $5.75 million in 2013. Hafner and Hernandez, now free agents, were set to make $13 million and $6 million, respectively. The Indians owe Hafner a $2.75 million buyout clause. This year Jimenez went 9-17 with 5.40 ERA in 31 starts. He led the American League in losses and wild pitches. He finished second in walks and fifth in runs allowed. Hafner, on the disabled list twice, hit .228 (50-for-219) with six doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 34 RBI. Hafner hit 200 homers with the Indians and is their franchise leader in homers for a DH. Hernandez didn't join the Indians until mid-July. The U.S. State Department wouldn't give him a visa after he was arrested in January by Dominican authorities for lying about his identity and age. His best season with the Indians was in 2007 when he won 19 games. He never was able to duplicate that season. Hernandez and Hafner could still re-sign with the Indians as free agents.
Cleveland Indians exercise Ubaldo Jimenez's 2013 option; pass on Travis Hafner, Roberto Hernandez
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 31