Orioles near deal with righthander Ubaldo Jimenez

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Free agent starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez appears to finally have a team and the Orioles appear to have someone to put at the top of their young rotation. reported Monday evening that the Orioles “have made substantial progress” on a deal with Jimenez. The deal is believed to be for four years and $48 million, according to the report. Fox Sports also reported that the two sides have agreed upon a deal, pending a physical.

Jimenez, 30, finished third in NL Cy Young voting in 2010, when he was one of baseball’s best pitchers. He had largely struggled since then before righting himself over the second half with the Indians last season.

In Jimenez’s last 12 starts, he went 6-4 with a 1.72 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 78 innings. On the season, he was 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA. His 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings was the best of his career.

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