Guys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26. This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt:
Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball
season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son,
Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and her family. Whether she’s
cooking rice in the LoDo loft, or roasting a goat at the family compound
in the Dominican Republic, la mama calls the culinary pitches.
Her big-league ballplayer son likes to have her with him, she says,
to wash his clothes and cook the food he likes.
This is from the Denver Post’s food section, so there’s lots of talk about the stuff Mama Jimenez cooks for her pequenito, as she calls Ubaldo. After reading it, I can’t help but wonder if Rockies players aren’t constantly trying to get invites to Jimenez’s place for lunch before heading to the ballpark.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.