Re: Gammons think Sox will "try" to get Jimenez
posted at 7/22/2011 2:34 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Gammons think Sox will "try" to get Jimenez
fivekatz, what you dont understand is that if the sox dont trade 3 or 4 prospects they end will up losing some for nothing in the rule 5 draft. They do not have enough spots on the 40 man roster to protect all of their prospects for the upcoming rule 5 draft. And agonz is making like 5 mill this year. His contract extension kicks in next year. No way kershaw gets traded. Ubaldo will get dealt if the right offer comes along. And I believe the sox have the pieces to get a deal done. Now I am sure some people are thinking to themselves: why would the rockies trade jimenez now? Well there are a few reasons. 1) Value: the rox would be getting maximum value for him by trading ubaldo at this years trade deadline. 2) They have no chance at making the playoffs and will likely begin to rebuild around tulo and cargo whom they just have huge contracts. 3) They have holes at 1B(helton is getting old), 3B(ian stewart did not pan out and ty wigginton is merely a stop gap), 2B, LF(seth smith is no big deal), they could use pen help(betancourt is getting up there and i think he is a free agent after this year), and of course help in the rotation. They will not trade tulo or cargo who they plan to rebuild around, so that leaves only one other player on their roster that could bring in multiple prospects to fill those holes. Ubaldo Jimenez. In terms of a trade, the sox match up quite well with the rockies in terms of filling their needs. They have multiple quality 3B prospect include will middlebrooks(the best of the 3), kolbrin vitek, and garin checcini. They have 1B prospect lars anderson who is blocked by agonz as well as a younger less proven player in miles head. They have bullpen help in alex wilson, micheal bowden, kyle weiland(so say he could be a reliever). And they have a few quality starters in anthony ranaudo (best of the bunch), felix doubront, kyle weiland, or they could opt young high potential guys like stolmy pimental or drake britton. They have lots of good outfielders in ryan kalish, bryce brentz, alex hassan, brandon jacobs, and Chih-Hsien Chiang. They also have 2B in oscar tejada, yamaico navarro, jed lowrie, sean coyle, and xander bogearts(is a ss but could play 2B).
Posted by redsoxpride34
I get the 40 man roster thing, but keep in mind JD Drew, DMac and other drop off of that roster with teh conclusion of the season.
All due respect to Lars Anderson, he is a throw away in any trade, he isn't just blocked by A-Gon he is blocked by an inability to consistently hit AAA pitching with authority. kalish has very little value right now having missed most of 2011. The RS have a few guys they are high on and they are the same guys the any suitor will ask for in trade.
I stand by my take that Rox will want Middlebrooks and Ranuado in any deal. There are other suitors that can deliver that type of quality.
They aren't in a position where trading Ubaldo makes any sense unless they get a haul. They are doing what Towers did with Upton in AZ this winter, what Seattle did with Hernandez two seasons ago. There is no financial pressure to make a deal and in fact if they wish to win in a very winnable NL West in 2012 he improves their odds and at cost of only $4.2M.
While you list a ton of names in the RS system, most are not highly regarded, in fact most probably have like counter parts in most MLB teams systems right now.
I think the RS will balk at the asking price in the end. If the Rockies motivation is to get max value at the deadline you have to assume that other teams will be interested in a front line starter with a team friendly contract and have as much or more minor league depth, considering the RS trade three quality prospects this December.
Time will tell.