Rockies sign Ubaldo Jiménez to minor league deal

Ubaldo Jiménez
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The Rockies signed Ubaldo Jiménez to a minor league contract and have extended him an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Wednesday.

Jiménez, of course, made a name for himself with the Rockies, particularly in 2010 when he was an All-Star and finished third in NL Cy Young Award balloting. He went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and a 214/92 K/BB ratio, made all the more impressive considering he pitched half his games at Coors Field.

Jiménez last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Orioles, struggling mightily. He didn’t pitch professionally again until participating in the Dominican Winter League and put up solid numbers, which seemed to be enough for the Rockies to give him a shot. Jiménez is still highly unlikely to crack the club’s Opening Day roster.

Tim Collins, Drew Butera, and Chris Owings are among the Rockies’ other non-roster invitees to spring training.