The Cleveland Indians have exercised the 2013 club option of right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and declined the options of right-hander Roberto Hernandez and designated hitter Travis Hafner, the team has announced:
Jimenez’s option was for $5.75 million, which will become his 2013 salary. Hafner’s option was for $13 million, and the Indians have instead decided to buy out his remaining contract for $2.75 million. Hernandez’s option didn’t include a buyout.
Jimenez had a rough 2012 campaign, posting an ugly ERA of 5.40 over 31 starts spanning 176 2/3 innings. The right-hander has been atrocious since the Indians acquired him from the Colorado Rockies for a bevy of prospects, maintaining an ERA of 5.32 over 138 appearances, but he does have a track record of success and is still only 28 years old.
Hafner once again struggled through injuries this season, hitting .228/.346/.438 over 219 at-bats, but he could be a DH option for an American League team in need this winter. Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, returned from suspension to make three starts this season, allowing 15 runs over 14 1/3 innings.