42-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jose Lima in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jose Lima Contract Information:
Lima signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals in December of 2004. Signed a minor league deal with the Mets in February of 2006. Contract purchased by Mets in May of 2006.
Lima was designated for assignment Friday, just after he made an emergency start replacing the injured Pedro Martinez, the Associated Press reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jose Lima.
Lima-time may have run its course in the majors, but because he pitched fairly well at Triple-A Norfolk - 3.92 ERA and 1.143 WHIP in 22 starts - he will probably try and hook on somewhere during spring training. Lima was hammered in his four starts for the Mets, showing little on the mound, but given the paucity of pitching in the majors, someone will take a shot at catching lightning in a bottle like the Dodgers did with him in 2004.
Lima would not have made 32 starts for any other major league team in 2005. But the Royals weren't headed anywhere and had trouble filling out the rotation due to injuries and poor performances. He was in a great situation with the Dodgers in 2004 - a pitcher's park with good defense. The Royals did not offer good defense and having to face one more potent bat in the lineup in the AL was not a good thing for Lima. If all goes as it should for Lima and the Royals, he'll be pitching in the NL in 2006.
Lima was very effective for the Dodgers last season. He's not an overpowering pitcher but instead relies on a change-up to induce groundballs. Lima is prone to the long ball, however, so the move away from Dodger Stadium to Kansas City makes him a risky play.
As quickly as Lima Time started in Kansas City, it ended. Lima was pulled off of the scrap heat and he responded with seven straight wins. Even when on the disabled list, Lima was active on the bench, earning fan-favorite status. The key with Lima is health. If he's in good shape, he has enough moxie and fastball to win. But when he strains a groin, he loses a few miles on his fastball and becomes batting practice. He's earned another chance but he seems to have burned another bridge complaining about contract issues with the Royals. Look for him to sign with someone off of his beaten path, so a team other than Houston, Detroit or Kansas City.