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Jimenez, Orioles complete $50M, 4-year contract

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland. A person familiar with the situation said Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a $50 million, four-year contract.

The 30-year-old gets salaries of $11.25 million this year, $12.25 million in 2015, $13 million in 2016 and $13.5 million in 2017 under Wednesday's agreement. Each season's salary includes $2.25 million deferred without interest, payable in four equal installments on each July 1 starting in 2018.

He can earn a pair of $400,000 performance bonuses each year, for 32 starts and 200 innings. If he wins a Cy Young Award or is MVP, his salary in each remaining year of the contract would escalate by $500,000. The salaries would go up by $250,000 if he finishes second in either vote and by $150,000 if he is third.

Jimenez, who is to be introduced at a Thursday news conference, is 82-75 with a 3.92 ERA in eight seasons with Colorado and Cleveland, including 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA for the Indians. He was the NL All-Star game starter in 2010, when he was 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA for Colorado.

Baltimore forfeits its first-round selection in June's amateur draft, the 17th pick overall.

Jimenez joins a rotation expected to include Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris. To clear a roster spot, Baltimore designated right-hander Liam Hendriks for assignment.

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