Jimenez will be entering free agency for the first time in his career. His current contract, a four-year, $10 million extension signed with the Colorado Rockies before the 2009 season, included club options for 2013 and 2014, but the final year of his deal became voidable when was acquired by Cleveland.
The right-hander struggled in 2011 and 2012, but turned in an impressive 2013 campaign, going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA. Jimenez overmatched opponents down the stretch, posting a 1.82 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 84 innings after the All-Star break.
Cleveland is coming off a 92-win season, finishing just one game behind the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated that the team will be aggressive in free agency, and Hoynes suggested they will talk to Jimenez during the process. The club could also tender Jimenez a qualifying offer, which would give the team draft pick compensation if he leaves.