Re: Deal or No Deal:The Rockies would like third baseman Will Middlebrooks and pitcher Antony Ranaudo for Jimenez
posted at 7/30/2011 2:03 PM EDT
In Response to Deal or No Deal:The Rockies would like third baseman Will Middlebrooks and pitcher Antony Ranaudo for Jimenez
[QUOTE]by Troy E. Renck/Denver Post SAN DIEGO — Ubaldo Jimenez never thought it would come to this. When he jogs onto the mound tonight at Petco Park, it could be for the last time as a Rockie. "I am human. Of course I think about it," Jimenez said. The Tigers and Indians aggressively pursued Jimenez on Friday, with the Yankees and www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_18582896#
" class=" snap_noshots" /> Red Sox lurking, ready to pounce if the price comes down. The Rockies haven't changed their demands, asking for a minimum of three players — two top prospects, one of which must be a pitcher. "I know it's a business. It's not easy," Jimenez said. "I will just keep working hard." The Indians were willing to discuss top pitcher Drew Pomeranz, considered the future anchor of their big-league rotation. The Tigers, according to a Fox report, are prepared to part with top minor-league arm Justin Turner. The two face each other in Double-A today. Those names will keep talks going but don't guarantee a deal. The Rockies are seeking quality and quantity. The Yankees and Red Sox were quiet Friday, but have the resources to move quickly before Sunday's 2 p.m. deadline. The Rockies and Yankees disagree on Jimenez's present-day value — he's an ace for Colorado, a No. 2 or 3 starter for New York. As such, New York won't part with two top arms. They appear willing to include catcher www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_18582896#
" class=" snap_noshots"> Jesus Montero or Dellin Betances, but not both. Fireballer Manuel Banuelos remains off-limits. The Rockies would like third baseman Will Middlebrooks and pitcher Antony Ranaudo from Boston. It has been a difficult stretch for his Jimenez, even though manager Jim Tracy said he's "handled it as professionally as you could ever expect." Jimenez is disappointed with his performance, but the questions about his character have been unnerving. Jimenez reiterated Friday that he should have pitched in winter ball — "I was going to do it, but my team Licey didn't make the playoffs," he said. He dismissed New York media speculation that he has a poor relationship with Rockies pitching coach www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_18582896#
" class=" snap_noshots"> Bob Apodaca . "Why do people say this when it's not true? Bob helped me get to where I am in my career," said Jimenez, who has $17.95 million remaining on his contract, though the 2014 club option is voided if he's traded. "It really is unbelievable." Jimenez is on the clock. Even he doesn't know what will happen next. "All I can do is wait. It's out of my control," Jimenez said.
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Latest reports "if true" say Kuroda wants to stay in LA so that would leave him out. Jimenez will end up in NY or Boston, my guess is the Yankees throw everything they can at him after being swept in the winter meetings.
Losing out to Boston again would be tough to take. After Bedards whooping last night against Tampa I may lean more towards Harden who pitched a great game against Tampa this week. Harden, Quentin and Thornton should be enough to hopefully address all our issues as long as Harden can remain healthy.
I think the Sox have enough to get all three without killing us too bad on the farm.