SARASOTA, Fla. – It was a big offseason for Ubaldo Jimenez. Newly married, Jimenez is hoping to build on his 2015 season. Two years ago, Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles and suffered through a difficult season where he went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA.
Jimenez led the Orioles in wins with 12 and reduced his ERA to 4.11. The wildness that plagued him in 2014 subsided, and he was a dependable starter.
“I improved compared to the year before, but I know I can do better. I’m excited for this year, it’s a new beginning. Every year is a new beginning. I have to work hard to get ready for the season,” Jimenez said.
The Orioles are rumored to have serious interest in free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. In 2014, Jimenez came in to camp after spring training had already begun when he signed as a free agent. If Gallardo signs with the Orioles, he’s going to have to do the same.
Jimenez has some advice for him.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time. It doesn’t matter if you tell yourself it’s not. It will because it’s a different adjustment. You have to come to a new team, you’re meeting new guys and new pitching coaches. It’s a new adjustment, but he’s a veteran guy. He’s been in the big leagues for eight, nine years, so he’s going to find a way to get where he needs to be,” Jimenez said.