Now Commenting On:

{"content":["hot_stove" ] }

Rox mull long-term deal for Jimenez

Rockies mull long-term deal for Jimenez

LAS VEGAS -- The Rockies will soon determine whether to offer right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez a multiyear contract, similar to what the club has done with several of its other young stars.

The Rockies signed starters Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis to long-term deals before they reached free agency. Last winter, they signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, reliever Manuel Corpas and right fielder Brad Hawpe to multiyear deals. Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said Monday that Jimenez could be next.

Jimenez went 12-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts last season -- his first full year in the Majors. In 2007, Jimenez, long a touted prospect, went 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 15 regular-season starts to help the team into the playoffs, and 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three postseason starts.

"Ubaldo is something we're studying now to see if there's some reason to pursue that," O'Dowd said. "We'll get into that after the first of the year."

Francis and Cook have been at the front of the Rockies' rotation for the last three years, but the Rockies see Jimenez as having a better arm than either. Jimenez was dominant at times last year, especially after the All-Star break (8-3, 3.68 ERA in 14 starts).

O'Dowd said he doesn't want such discussions to extend into Spring Training.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["hot_stove" ] }
{"content":["hot_stove" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español