Baseball’s general managers meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Fla. They will dovetail into the owners’ meetings Thursday in the same city. This much is clear from the Indians’ point of view even before the meetings begin. No. 1: Reborn right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to turn down his $14.1 million qualifying offer before Monday’s deadline. The Indians can still negotiate with him if he does reject it. No. 2: Reborn left-hander Scott Kazmir and his agents have given no indication that he will return to the Indians. He’s looking for a multiyear deal, while they prefer another one-year arrangement. No. 3: Right-hander Joe Smith, who gave the Indians five quality seasons out of the pen, is probably gone as well. Smith is looking for a three-year deal, but the Indians don’t want to go beyond two. No. 4: Right-hander Matt Albers, who absorbed a lot of bad relief innings, could be headed down the trail as well. Jimenez, Kazmir, Smith and Albers are free agents. So are Jason Kubel, Chris Perez and Kelly Shoppach, but the first four were contributors to last season’s AL wild card team. So was Perez in his role as closer, but since the Indians released him a couple of hours after the final out of the World Series, it was clear his stay in Cleveland was over. The Indians would like to keep Jimenez, Kazmir, Smith and Albers, but it appears they’ll find more lucrative opportunities elsewhere. Negotiations have taken place with little progress reported. The Yankees have already been linked to Jimenez, while Colorado has expressed interest in Smith.
Ubaldo Jimenez expected to reject Indians' $14 million qualifying offer at GM meetings
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Nov 9