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Indians will try to bring back Jimenez, think Kazmir will depart

ORLANDO -- The Indians will talk to Ubaldo Jimenez's agent Diego Bentz here at the GM meetings, but they don't appear to have much to talk about with Scott Kazmir.

The Indians would be interested in a one-year deal for Kazmir but believe he's certain to have multi-year offers after resurrecting his career in Cleveland this past year, going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA. Cleveland is in a better position with much better rotation depth than in past years; the Indians are said to have seven potential starters.

Jimenez, too, is no lock to stay in Cleveland, as he's expected to be one of the most coveted starters in the market following his big finish. Jimenez finished 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA after a 4-0 September in which he had a 1.09 ERA. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway received a lot of credit for Jimenez's return to form.

Jimenez, as expected, turned down the Indians' $14.1 million qualifying offer. He, along with Matt Garza and Ervin Santana, are considered the top MLB starting pitchers on the market.

 
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