Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians and the Trade That Didn’t Pay Off Until the Last Minute

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This week was supposed to be an exciting time for baseball fans. The MLB was set to return, with it coming many things we need right now.

A sense of normalcy. A welcome distraction. An opportunity to razz the Astros again. They’re all reasons we’re anxious to get baseball back in our lives.

Ubaldo Jimenez is especially eager for the season to finally kick off.

The Dominican hurler has been out of the game since 2017, but returned to Colorado hoping to revive his career with his original team. He logged only two spring training starts for the Rockies before his comeback attempt, like the rest of the league, was paused.

Cleveland Indians fans remember Jimenez all too well, and not for the best reasons. He was once meant to represent the club’s go-for-broke push for a playoff berth. Instead, Cleveland’s trade for him was mostly viewed as a massive dud.

Which it was. For all intents and purposes, Jimenez flopped during his time with the Indians. Then, at the very last minute, the trade finally paid off. And did so right when it mattered most.

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

 


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