SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Orioles made their four-year deal with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez official on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for a Thursday morning press conference to introduce the club’s top free-agent acquisition.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Jimenez, the Orioles designated right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks for assignment.
“We’re looking forward to him joining,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I’m not going to say [he’s] competing for a starting job. I don’t want to insult your intelligence. He brings something we’re in need of. Not very often do you get a guy at this age with some good seasons behind him and good seasons ahead of him.
“He’s got a chance to be a quality pitcher for us for a long period of time. A lot of guys at this stage in their career start figuring it out. I’m very confident in he and [pitching coach] Dave [Wallace] that he’s going to give us some quality innings.”