Carroll County Times

Reports: Orioles reach agreement with pitcher Jimenez

The Baltimore Orioles and free agent starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez reached an agreement on a contract Monday night, according to multiple reports.

Jimenez, 30, spent the past three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, going 13-9 last season with a 3.30 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 80 walks in 182 2-3 innings pitched.

His best season came with the Colorado Rockies in 2010, when he went 19-8, made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award balloting.

The deal, which is believed to be for four years and $48 million according to, would be the Orioles' biggest free-agent signing in years and would give Baltimore a proven arm to join Chris Tillman at the front of the team's rotation.

The Orioles had been trying to add a starter throughout the offseason but struck out on free agents A.J. Burnett and Bronson Arroyo, among others.

The signing would be official pending a physical. If it happens, it will cost the Orioles the No. 17 pick in this year's amateur draft.