01/27/2009 12:32 PM ET
Rockies, Jimenez sign four-year deal
Contract includes club options for 2013, 2014
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on a four-year contract with club options for 2013 and 2014. The new deal spans four seasons (2009-12) and could go though 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed, per club policy.
Jimenez, 25, went 12-12 with a 3.99 ERA (198.2 ip, 103 er) in 34 starts for the Rockies in his first full season in the Majors in 2008. He led all Rockies pitchers in games started and strikeouts (172). His 172 strikeouts were the most in a season for a Colorado pitcher since Pedro Astacio had 193 during the 2000 campaign. Jimenez's 12 victories ranked second on the Rockies pitching staff in 2008, and he is one of only two starters in franchise history to win more than 10 games and post a sub-4.00 ERA in the same season (also: Aaron Cook, 2008). Jimenez allowed three earned runs or fewer in 27 of his 34 starts last season as the team went 14-13 in those games (15-19 overall in his starts).
A midseason call-up for the Rockies during the 2007 National League championship season, Jimenez has made 49 starts since he was summoned to the Majors on July 19, 2007. Since that date, no other Major League pitcher has made more regular season starts than Jimenez, and only Ted Lilly and CC Sabathia have equaled that total. Jimenez has excelled at Coors Field in limited time, logging a career 3.45 ERA at the venue in 26 games (25 starts). As a result, he owns the lowest career ERA of any starter at Coors Field with at least 130 innings pitched.
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