Coffee and Clippings: Orioles bet on the new Ubaldo Jimenez

Eno Sarris (@enosarris) of FanGraphs breaks down Ubaldo Jimenez as he recently signed with the Orioles…

Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t what he used to be. His pitches have all declined in velocity and bite since his peak in Colorado, and his Cleveland numbers, both superficial and underlying, look pale in comparison. And this with a move out of one of the most extreme hitter’s parks in the big leagues to one more friendly to pitchers.

But 2013 was a story of redemption for Jimenez, and his adjustment to the current state of his stuff was a big part of that. The Orioles believe in that adjustment, hoping it will stick enough to make the four-year, $50 million investment they made in him look wise.

John Tomase (@jtomase) of the Boston Herald talks about David Ortiz lashing out at critics…

David Ortiz has earned the right to rant.

He’s everything we want our superstars to be, delivering on the field and ingrained in the fabric of the community, but as soon as he mentions the word “contract,” air raid sirens sound and the blitz begins.

Ortiz is tired of it, and I don’t blame him.

He arrived at camp yesterday and took a round of batting practice before signing autographs. On a beautiful Florida afternoon, he ambled toward his car, a big smile on his face.

Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) of Joe Blogs writes about his 52nd best baseball player of all time – Wade Boggs…

Wade Boggs was a singular baseball player. Because of this, almost nobody really got him. He couldn’t run. He had almost no home run power. He lacked the natural grace of a promising defender. From the start, he was destines to be … not so much overlooked as misunderstood. The Red Sox never quite got him. The fans never quite got him. In a way, people still don’t.

It began with being overlooked. Boggs expected to be a first round pick after he hit .455 at his Tampa high school. Instead, he was taken in the seventh round — the same round as Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith, neither who signed because they were taken so low. Boggs did sign for five grand, He had furious determination to prove all those scouts wrong.

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal provides a few footnotes about the significance of Jon Lester and the ascension of Brandon Workman…

Entering a different chapter of his career, Jon Lester is a foundational piece for the Red Sox with an impact on and off the field. That’s why what he said yesterday — which backed up what he said in January — is music to Boston’s ears.