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Signed RHRP Jose Jiminez to a one-year, $1M contract

The Indians added to their bullpen by adding former Rockies closer Jose Jiminez today. With the addition of Bob Wickman, Scott Stewart, and now Jiminez, the bullpen has really been improved, and at a very low cost. A big weakness at the begining of last year now has probably become the strength of this team.

The reason the Indians could sign Jiminez this cheaply? Two things: the Coors effect scaring away some teams, and a generally bad season at any altitude. The Indians are taking a flyer on Jiminez, hoping that a change of leagues and teams will rejuvenate his career.

Jiminez’s stats:

2001 55.0 IP, 37 SO, 22 BB, 4.09 ERA, .264 BAA, 1.42 WHIP

2002 73.1 IP, 47 SO, 11 BB, 3.56 ERA, .265 BAA, 1.19 WHIP

2003 101.2 IP, 45 SO, 32 BB, 5.22 ERA, .322 BAA, 1.66 WHIP

vs. Left 213.2 IP, 124 SO, 100 BB, .304 BAA, 1.71 WHIP

vs. Right 271.1 IP, 174 SO, 72 BB, .254 BAA, 1.23 WHIP

Last year, even with the high ERA, right-handers hit .266 vs. Jiminez. He probably will be used almost exclusively against right-handed hitters next year.

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